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23Mar 2017

Blog: "Time After Time": A day of participatory music-making with men detained in Campsfield House IRC

by MID volunteer Ruth Nicholson

On a foggy, chilly morning in January, I joined two Music In Detention artists for a day trip to Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, where we would make music with men being held there as immigration detainees. Michael, Oliver and I squashed ourselves into a car full of musical instruments and equipment and...

17Mar 2017

Trustee vacancy

“Even though we are locked up someone is listening to us”

Music In Detention takes music-making into immigration detention centres and then takes detainees’ music out into the community, to groups facing their own problems living near the centres.  Our work helps detainees to cope with detention, and people in the wider community to understand...

12Jan 2017

Blog: "Music In Detention?" people say. "Brilliant idea: where did it come from?"

by Sue Lukes, Chair of Trustees

“Music In Detention?” people say. “Brilliant idea: where did it come from?” and the story is simple enough.  MID started with a feasibility study and a grant from the Helen Tetlow Memorial Fund.  Helen was a musician and teacher who cared about migrants, and the Fund (I was on the board) wanted a project that would...

21Dec 2016

Yarl's Wood Music Workshops - a Closer Look

This article was written by Bedford MID and originally published by Bedford Creative Arts.

Music In Detention (MID) is a national charity, which uses participatory music making to improve the mental wellbeing of immigration detainees and to integrate detainees into local communities. Based within Bedford Creative Arts, Bedford MID is a partnership...

14Dec 2016

Calling all choirs

Is your choir looking for some new material or in need of some inspiration? We might have just the idea for you…

Last year the wonderful Lips Choir (an all-woman choir based in London) heard about Music In Detention’s Yarl’s Wood choir and their recording of Rihanna’s song ‘Stay’, and decided to perform their own version at their 2015...

16Nov 2016

Koestler Commended Award for 'Life is for Living' song

Very happy to have received our first Koestler Commended Award certificate from Koestler Trust for our 'Life is for Living' song! Our first submission to the Awards...

9Nov 2016

Blog: Soul food - the power of high-quality shared singing

by Joanna Ridout, MID trustee

I’ve been a member of a local community choir for over a decade. I drive along Hampshire lanes in all weathers, often reluctantly on winters’ nights, to go and sing with others – and never regret making the effort. It feeds my soul – nourishes me, lifts my spirit, more than singing on my own ever could.  If you want...

27Sep 2016

We've made our website 'mobile and tablet friendly'!

We hope you'll enjoy the adjustments we've made to our website to make your visit more user-friendly when you log in via your mobile phone or tablet. We will be working on improving readability further as we continually strive to develop our website. ...

15Sep 2016

Catch our artist Rebecca de Winter on BBC Three Counties Radio

Nick Coffer of BBC Three Counties Radio interviews Rebecca de Winter about her work for Bedford Music In Detention in Yarl's Wood IRC. She gives some insights into what the work means to her, and crucially, what it means to the women held in the centre.

You can listen from 40”30:


Make sure you catch it before...

7Sep 2016

Call for proposals: individual giving fundraiser

MID is looking for an individual with strong fundraising skills and experience, to lead our individual giving work. 

Historically most of our income has been from grants, but over the past two years we have also been raising funds from individual donors.  After making good progress in this new programme of work we are now recruiting a fundraiser...

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