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Calling all choirs

Calling all choirs

14th December 2016

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 Christmas concert. They dedicated their performance to the women of Yarl’s Wood, and it was filmed and made into this beautiful video:

Video of Lips Choir performing 'Stay'

The Yarl’s Wood choir was established as part of an ongoing programme of participatory music-making workshops delivered by Bedford Music In Detention. Over the years Music In Detention has worked in most of the UK’s immigration detention centres, including Yarl’s Wood, and has produced a large back catalogue of music which is available to listen to via our music player

What your choir can do:

So this is where you come in. We are looking for choirs who would be interested in covering a song that has been written and produced in immigration detention, so that this music can be heard far and wide. We have songs to suit all sorts of choirs, with genres ranging from reggae, to pop, to hip hop, and even the odd ballad and folk tune! You are welcome to explore our back catalogue – you can browse by detention centre, or type a genre into the search bar and see what comes up: http://www.musicindetention.org.uk/player/

Alternatively, we would be happy to send you some suggestions for songs that might suit your choir.

Like Lips Choir, you might like to perform the song at one of your concerts and you may wish to dedicate the performance to those who find themselves detained. Knowing that people outside have not forgotten them is a big boost at a time of profound uncertainty. You may like to make a recording and even a music video. Or perhaps you could fundraise for Music In Detention at one of your concerts. Or you may have another creative idea that we haven’t thought of!

If your choir is interested in getting involved, please email Katie: katie[@]musicindetention.org.uk or give us a call at the office on 020 7014 2811. We look forward to hearing from you!