Celebrating 21 years of Music is Prisons and Beyond:

The Irene Taylor Trust is celebrating turning 21 in style with an exciting and eclectic mix of live music at one of the most beautiful venues in London, the magnificent Union Chapel in Islington on 22nd November 2016.

Some very special friends have come on board to mark the occasion, including Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle, the swoonsome Chaps Choir,musicians from the Royal Academy of Music. The evening will link our work in prisons (Music in Prisons) and the community (Sounding Out and Making Tracks).

The centrepiece of the celebration is a new piece of music and film, Bridges; the music was created by participants from Music in Prisons, Sounding Outand Making Tracks in collaboration with contemporary composer Mark-Anthony Turnage; the accompanying film by artist Lizzie Coombes and filmmaker Andy Wood captures the three groups during the creative process.

Mark-Anthony Turnage has also re-orchestrated Bridges for a world exclusive one-off live performance by an ensemble of Royal Academy of Music musicians that is not to be missed.

Award winning British Hip Hop artist Speech Debelle will perform a short set of her own material as well as collaborating on a track with young people from the Making Tracks programme.

The first band to emerge from the Sounding Out programme, Platform 7, will make a triumphant live return following their sell out show at Bush Hall in 2014.

Fresh from a summer on the festival circuit, Chaps Choir will bring some of the original songs from Music in Prisons projects to life in barnstorming fashion, with soloists from the Sounding Out ex-prisoner programme.

Watch out for other special guests to be confirmed. This is guaranteed to be an inspiring and uplifting evening celebrating the transformative power of music in its many and various forms.

“What I took from your course was a large cup of hope, some restoration of self-belief, an injection of confidence, and I feel immense pride. Feelings of which have been absent for some time…” Music in Prisons Participant


Tickets are £15 (£12 for concessions) plus booking fee – available now here; http://bit.ly/ITTunionc