Our purpose is to prevent people returning to prison by giving them opportunities.
The opportunity to:
HOW…? CHOIRS! A Choir is a perfect team. It’s a community. It’s committed to performance. It meets every week. It practices. It improves. It stands shoulder to shoulder. It faces the same direction – forward and outward. It is made up of individual voices that are in tune and harmony with each other. And it has something to offer other people…it’s music, it’s creativity, it’s passion and pride.
Our Concerts provide a platform for “forming and norming” relationships:
Choirs Beating Time currently runs choirs at HMP/ YOI ISIS, HMP Birmingham and HMP Maidstone.
I am supporting this initiative to establish choirs in prison because I know that anything that improves the relationship between the people that live and work in a prison makes that prison safer for everyone. I have seen first hand how choir builds and improves relationships. I also believe that the skills and confidence that are being acquired through choir will enhance ability to contribute to society on their release.
– Eoin McLennan-Murray, Patron of Choirs Beating Time
Former President of the Prison Governors Association
Prisoner choir sings to the tune of Birmingham’s business… click here to read more.
Lean On Me
I Remember Mama
Recorded November 2017: by a prisoner to be played at his Mums funeral which he was unable to attend
I enjoy choir because it breaks down the ‘them and us’ perspective. It is really nice to see offenders focus on something that staff can be involved with as well. The music directors have been brilliant at keeping the atmosphere light-hearted which in turn has made it very comical at times.
The choir has been a really good experience for both staff and offenders. It has helped to build better relationships between both and also has been a relaxed, fun experience where many can show their talents and join in with something they enjoy.
It makes me calm and I enjoy singing. It also helps to build better relationships between staff and inmates.
I personally find the choir stimulating and therapeutic. Overall it gives us a chance to express ourselves through music, to develop social skills and enhance opportunities for the future.