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Prison Choir Project

Background

St Luke's Music Society is collaborating with the Prison Choir Project to promote a production of Bizet's Carmen in Wandsworth Prison, provisionally scheduled for mid October 2018. The Prison Choir Project is a local charity, founded by Adam Green, a professional baritone who is a Wandsworth resident. Its patron is Terry Waite, and the charity's objective is to help rehabilitation by the collaborative performance of opera and choral singing; there is more information at www.prisonchoirproject.co.uk.

The Prison Choir Project's first opera production was of Carmen in Dartmoor Prison in August 2017 using professional soloists and orchestra, playing a reduced score, and with prisoners making up the chorus, constructing the sets, acting as stage hands etc. It was a huge success, with The Times' chief music critic Richard Morrison writing "I've seen some gripping performances of Carmen in my time, but not one like this" and going on to add "...the intensity of the prisoners' contributions...sent shivers up the spine". It is this success that St Luke's Music Society hopes will be repeated in Wandsworth prison.

The total budget is £20,000, of which just under half has already been pledged. If you would like to support this initiative, then please Donate Now to make a donation. Subject to Wandsworth prison's agreement, we intend to give donors priority when booking tickets.

What are the Benefits?

A Dartmoor prisoner, answering the question "What are the benefits?" wrote: "It rehumanises, inspires, informs, elicits the best in people, energises and charms us with a window on beauty and grace, to say nothing of the magic of the music. What a wonderful mission you have! Where the flame of civilisation burns low you have the means to blow it into life!"