The recordings on this CD are the culmination of a Community Exchange project between detainees at Harmondsworth IRC and pupils from class 8S at Ruslip High School. The aim of the project was to create a connection between detainees and pupils. The project ran for 4 weeks in March 2011.
Asian Music Circuit
This project was delivered by Asian Music Circuit, facilitated by Shammi Pithia and Tom Fairbairn, on behalf of Music In Detention.
Music In Detention
Music In Detention works through music to give a voice to immigration detainees and create channels of communication between them, immigration detention staff, local communities and the wider public.
"On behalf of 8S we would like to thank you for everything you've done with us during this project. Thank you for helping us understand what an IRC is and why you guys are there. Thank you for telling us stories even when they must have been hard to tell. Once again, a big cheers for all you've done, and we hope one day you will be free and reunited with your friends and family."
Pupils of 8S
"The project gave the students the opportunity to consider what life inside an Immigration Removal Centre is like and the different emotions detainees go through. The musicians who led the workshops, Shammi and Tom, used a melody from Punjab as a catapult for musical creativity. Throughout the project the students and detainees were able to exchange messages and musical compositions, examining topics such as 'home', 'loneliness' and 'isolation', and wove these themes into their music. All who participated in the project were thoroughly engaged and it was rewarding to see the high level of work that the students had produced."
Penny Maas, Ruislip High School
A big thanks goes out to both Shammi and Tom and to all staff and participants involved at Ruislip High School and Harmondsworth IRC for their wonderful enthusiasm, energy and engagement with the project.