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19Apr 2018

Blog: A night to remember, as Cowley young people perform music created with detainees

By Gini Simpson

On Friday 23 March, songs co-written by detainees held at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) and musicians from the My Normal music project, were performed in public for the first time.

Campsfield House IRC is based on the outskirts of Oxford, near the airport. It holds a maximum of 276 male detainees and is run by...

28Feb 2018

Blog: Residency at Harmondsworth lifts and inspires on a cold, grey day

By Gini Simpson, Arts Development Manager

It was a cold and very grey February day when I first visited Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre. Based on the edge of the sprawling complex that is Heathrow Airport, the centre is tucked away on the side of a number of A roads. The Visitor’s Centre and first entrance point is a small prefab, which...

15Feb 2018

20 Simple Acts for 20 years of Refugee Week - Sing A Song Recorded in Immigration Detention

Music In Detention is delighted to be involved in one of the ‘20 Simple Acts for 20 years of Refugee Week' by re-launching our callout to choirs project to cover one of our songs recorded in immigration detention!


14Dec 2017

Tabla, Beat-box, Klezmer & Flamenco: an eclectic bunch of new volunteers

By Sally Jaquet

In November, a group of us newly recruited volunteer workshop assistants got to meet each other at the Kobi Nazrul Centre in East London for an induction day. Some of us had already been along to one or two of MID’s music workshops in detention centres, but we're all relatively new to workshop assisting so it was a lovely...

16Nov 2017

(Re)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…

We're relaunching our callout to choirs! Around a year ago we asked choirs to get in touch if they were interested in covering one of our songs recorded in immigration detention. We had such a great response that we are sending another...

14Sep 2017

Koestler Awards for three of our songs!

We are delighted to announce that this year's Koestler Awards have recognised three of the songs we submitted on behalf of immigration detainees...

27Jul 2017

Blog: Yarl's Wood song rings out in Surrey church

by Liza Figueroa-Clark, Programme Manager

On the evening of 21st July, I headed down to Horsell for a wonderful evening of music in the fabulous St. Mary’s church. One time MID artist, and Horsell Community Choir leader Anna Tabbush had organised for donations from the evening to go to MID, and invited me along to talk to the audience about our...

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...

28Feb 2017

Blog: MID at The Funding Network

By Clare Ungerson

One winter evening I made my way to the offices of a law firm in the City of London to go to an event organised by a charity that I belong to called The Funding Network (TFN). TFN is a membership organisation and anybody with an interest in helping small charities with an annual turnover of less than £1million is very welcome to...

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