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Brook House and Langley Green

Brook House and Langley Green

Brook House immigration detention centre and Langley Green Hospital are only a mile or two apart. Until 2019, nobody on the inside of either building had been able to reach out to the other. In January 2019, we ran a community exchange project between the two.

People in immigration detention, and patients in the hospital communicated with each other over a series of music sessions — they shared dozens of messages and found common experiences, shared love and solidarity, and enjoyed what unites us all: music.

About the two community locations

Brook House is one of two detention centres on the doorstep of Gatwick airport. The centre is closer to the runway than the car park, and the sound of planes overhead is a constant reminder that anyone in detention could be next.

Langley Green Hospital is a secure psychiatric unit in Crawley, a mile or two away. Residents and staff welcomed our musicians and together people from the two locations collaborated to create a full album of songs. We are so excited to share this music with you.

What those detained at Brook House told us

"If I sit and think about immigration, I will go down... I'd rather think about music"

"If I sit and think about immigration, I will go down... I'd rather think about music"

People living in Brook House told us that this project gave them the chance to learn about music from other cultures. Detention centres are diverse places with heritage and musical influences from all over the world. They sent heartwarming messages of love and solidarity to the patients at Langley Green.

They said that jamming and performing together gave them a natural high. We’re constantly told that music is theraputic and benefitted both those in detention and those in hospital.

What Langley Green said:

Emma, who was a patient at Langley Green during the community exchange told us that she loved the project. She’s now been discharged from hospital.

Others at Langley Green sent messages, along with lyrics and recorded music, encouraging the people in detention to stay strong.

"I loved the music sessions. I think it's what made me better."

"I loved the music sessions. I think it's what made me better."

Watch the video below for a sneak peak of Music In Detention artists Ollie and Shammi performing to patients inside Langley Green Hospital.

Thanks to you!

We were able to offer these sessions thanks to you — over 100 of you donated to our December crowdfunding campaign. The full album will be coming out in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes peeled!

Watch the video

The lyric video below is an exclusive sneak peek into the album. The song, "Pressure" began its life in Brook House and features vocals and instruments from both places. A true community exchange.

A huge thanks to our partners Music For Change for their collaboration on this project.