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Each of MID’s projects is a unique collaboration between artists and participants in different detention and community settings. The diversity and richness of the material created can be experienced in the recordings, lyrics, messages and artwork. Why not find out about some of our projects below?

World Upon My Shoulder

World Upon My Shoulder

In February 2016 Music In Detention teamed up with OYAP Trust to deliver a series of 12 participatory music making workshops with detainees being held at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre and young people attending Base 33, a youth centre in Witney...

Keep On Fighting

Keep On Fighting

During the months of September and October 2015, MID ran its second Community Exchange project connecting young people attending the Fusion Café at the YMCA Hayes, West London with immigration detainees being held at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre...

Strong Voices - The Harbour Sessions

Strong Voices - The Harbour Sessions

During the months of January – March 2015, in partnership with Artswork’s Strong Voices programme, Music in Detention (MID) ran a Community Exchange project involving 14 participatory music making workshops with participants from The Harbour School Cosham and...

The Final Session

The Final Session

It's the beginning of their final Music In Detention session, and the air is buzzing as the Oxfordshire Youth Arts group arrive at the Harlow Centre in Oxford, ready to put their lyrics and beats onto record - a document of their hard work (and fun times...

Journey of a Song

Journey of a Song

How do you make a song with two groups of people who can never meet face to face? It’s a challenge that every Music In Detention workshop leader faces – and overcomes.

The seeds are usually first sown in the participating detention centre or IRC. “In the first...

Friends in the City of Atlantis

Friends in the City of Atlantis

In May 2014 Music in Detention arranged a programme of music workshops involving participants from Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, North Leigh Youth Project (NLYP) and an Oxfordshire Youth arts project. Participants in three settings communicated...

Hope Stories

Hope Stories

In July 2014, women detained in Yarl's Wood IRC collaborated with students at Biddenham Upper School to write a series of songs that explored issues around immigration and life in the IRC. Musicians Aga Serugo-Lugo and Jack Sharp led the process, taking...

Yarl's Wood Singing Group - Round 2

Yarl's Wood Singing Group - Round 2

In May 2014 Yarl’s Wood Singing Group was launched. Led by Bedford MID artist Jo Hudson-Lett, sessions took place once a week for a ten week period. The group was well attended with some regular members and some new members each week. By the end of the ten...

This Journey

This Journey

Twenty years ago, the Rowner estate in Gosport was deemed the worst estate in Britain. With the help of Rowner Community Trust, the estate is now undergoing a serious programme of regeneration and working in a positive way to improve the reputation of the...

Yarl's Wood Singing Group

Yarl's Wood Singing Group

10 Weeks on the Inside

During my career as a musician, actress and radio presenter I have been privileged to work with some amazingly talented artists. I have always been willing to try anything and relish new experiences. When I was approached to run a...

One more step until we're there

One more step until we're there

In the autumn of 2013, MID Gosport and Haslar IRC took part in an awareness project at St. John’s CE Primary School in Gosport. This was a slightly unconventional style of working for MID, as the focus was more on the school children and their perceptions of...

Good Life

Good Life

In March 2013 a MID community exchange project took place between elderly people and staff at the Oakley Rural Day Centre in Bedford and detainees at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. Over the course of just over a week, Shammi and Michael from Asian...

Symmetry

Symmetry

CD: ‘Symmetry’; Music provider: Asian Music Circuit. Artists: Shammi Pithia & Michael Goodey.

A project between detainees at Yarl's Wood IRC and participants from Sight Concern Bedfordshire.

In January 2014 visually impaired service users from Sight Concern...

Winter Snow

Winter Snow

Throughout February 2012, Dan and Zirak from Music for Change facilitated a MID community project with detainees at Campsfield House IRC and people living in temporary accommodation in Oxford, who were rebuilding their lives with the help and support of staff...

I'm not sad

I'm not sad

In November 2010 Music In Detention arranged a community exchange between detainees from Dover Immigration Removal Centre and Year 6 pupils from Priory Fields Primary School in Dover. Two artists from Music for Change worked with participants over a period of...

Home is Family

Home is Family

Women from Yarl's Wood IRC and Family Groups Bedford were able to communicate directly with one another in a MID music project led by Shammi and Michael, artists from Asian Music Circuit, during March 2012. Sharing the common experiences of loved ones and...

Celebrating Sanctuary

Celebrating Sanctuary

In the summer of 2010 Music In Detention carried out one of its first community exchange projects in the Hillingdon community, working with a group of 12-14 year old students from Harlington Community School,very near to Colnbrook IRC. The project was...

Electric vibes!

Electric vibes!

Here is an example of a MID workshop in an IRC. In May 2010 we had a rare opportunity to have our workshops at Harmondsworth IRC documented by John Carey, a professional photographer working with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, one of our main funders.

The...

A unique fusion of voices

A unique fusion of voices

In June 2009, MID and music partner Drum Runners organised the first ever joint musical performance by detainees and members of a community group inside an IRC.

Fusion United Voices, a choir based at All Saints Church in Bedford, took part in a community...

Change – a parade with a difference

Change – a parade with a difference

In November and December 2008, MID facilitated a community exchange project between detainees at Haslar IRC in Gosport and young people at the nearby Nimrod Community Centre on the Rowner estate.

The children were asked to express their ideas about the word ...

Songs of Freedom

Songs of Freedom

Over four days in June 2008, detainees and staff at Harmondsworth IRC worked together to write, arrange and record two brand new pieces of music. The project was delivered by Music for Change and facilitated by Alexander, ‘H’ and Anton.

This was an intensive...

Hide and Seeker

Hide and Seeker

During the autumn of 2009, young people from Motiv8 participated in a project with detainees at Haslar IRC in Gosport, to produce a CD where the different groups were able to communicate with one another through the medium of songwriting and music.

At Haslar...