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We can learn from our mistakes.

 

Last year, 72,000 prisoners were released back onto our streets.*

 

1 in 2 will reoffend.

 

Finding Rhythms’ aim is to create a generation of prisoners who are less likely to reoffend.

 

We do this through music.

 

Finding Rhythms run intensive, 36-hour music projects in prisons led by some of the UK’s top touring artists – from Mercury nominated jazz musician to Grammy winning opera singer, Persian percussion specialist to spoken word poet – each of which result in a professionally produced album of new music.

 

We demonstrate that the skills used in the context of writing, producing and delivering a project such as this are transferrable to many areas of work and life. As evidence of this, our graduates earn the Edexcel accredited BTEC certificate, ‘Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness’ (‘SEPE’).

 

During a Finding Rhythms course, participants:

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…experience work within a high intensity, professional environment

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…work cooperatively as a team with people from different backgrounds, cultures and mother tongues

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…learn to put the “ego” second

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…learn respect and the power of commitment

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…have a chance to communicate difficult messages to their families and to the outside world

*Figure taken from Prison Reform Trust’s ‘Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile 2015’

Mentally this course has helped a lot. It helps you to search deep in yourself and express things that you normally wouldn’t think were there. When we’re making the music it brings out emotions you didn’t expect, and when you listen to it back it makes you feel better. - Michael, HMP & YOI Isis

Our Story

Robin Harris and Emily Vermont’s paths crossed in 2012 when Emily was introduced to “Scrubs Sessions”; a project led and produced by Robin when working at HMP Wormwood Scrubs in 2006.

 

Robin’s pioneering methods for drawing the creative potential out of prisoners became the blueprint for Finding Rhythms’ work, and Robin and Emily’s shared ambition to recreate this groundbreaking album on a larger scale led to the creation of Finding Rhythms as a charity in 2013.

 

The charity’s strong growth since 2013 is testament to the passion of its co-founders and their vision of using music-making to reduce reoffending.

 

Finding Rhythms is now run by the core team of Robin Harris, Clare Annamalai and Nadine Walker. They are supported by a highly experienced, highly engaged group of Trustees and Patrons. Meet them all below!

Meet the Team