ELMO is currently working on Music in the Ville a project taking musicians and working with men in HMP Pentonville. We bring in professional musicians to run workshops around the prison, boosting morale of both staff and men living in prison.
In 2019 we ran a pilot project of 10 music workshop/choir sessions culminating in a live performance. During Covid we partnered with Irene Taylor Trust to deliver playlist packs for in cell listening and study. Last year we ran 6 live workshops bringing professional musicians to perform live on the wings of Pentonville, engaging men and encouraging them to perform themselves.
Since April 23, funded by Hilden Charitable Fund, Awards for All Lottery fund and the PostcodeTrust plus our own fundraiser and private onations, we have been running weekly half day workshops with regular groups as well as continuing our monthly "busk around the prison/open mic sessions which reach hundreds of men and staff and boost general morale and mental health in challenging circumstances.