The First Year

What a year for Changing Tunes (London & South East)! The start up period for Changing Tunes in London and the South East has been endlessly varied, hectic and inspirational. We have achieved so much already and sown seeds for the enormous growth we anticipate in the months and years ahead.

We have an excellent Board of Trustees in place and all of the trustees have worked very hard in helping to establish our new charity. I am delighted to say that we were awarded our independent charitable status by the Charity Commission in July 2014 and in August 2014 the chairs of Changing Tunes and Changing Tunes (London & South East) signed the Franchise Agreement.

The training for our first Musician in Residence is under way and I was delighted to welcome Alan Bryant on board as my first new colleague in London. When his training is complete Alan will began his role as Musician in Residence at HMP Wandsworth. We are also recruiting for a musician for HMYOI Aylesbury and hope to be able to appoint someone soon.

Support for Changing Tunes (London & South East) continues to build in the region along with interest in our work. We have a growing network of churches in the area that are keen to be part of our work via involvement in services and activities, kind donations, volunteering and offering their facilities as venues for future concerts and events. I have met with many people, all of whom want to know more, find out how they can help and be part of the burgeoning army of advocates for the organisation in London and the South East.

We are continually fundraising to help to establish our new charity in the region, which includes raising money to fund musicians to start work in HMP Send and HMP Wormwood Scrubs, where we have agreements to start work, too.

I have been delighted to be part of some events in London and the South East featuring Changing Tunes musicians and ex-prisoners. This included a presentation and performance at the Making Music National Conference in London in May and a storming concert as part of the Brighton Fringe, also in May (pictured left). We were made so welcome by St Mary’s Church and had a great time working with MJ’s Liberty Choir, who shared the concert with us.

If you would like to know more or would like to help or make a donation to our new charity please get in touch.

Philip Emery
Director of Changing Tunes (London & South East)
Registered Charity No. 1157740
Email: philipe@changingtunes.org.uk

 

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