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Finding Rhythms tracks win 21 Koestler Awards

The 2019 Koestler Award winners were announced on 29 August 2019 and we are delighted to
announce that 21 of those winners are tracks that were made on Finding Rhythms projects.
The winning tracks were made in five different prisons. Each track was made in the course of one of our 36-hour
recording projects. Project participants were expected to write their own lyrics and set these to music. They had to work
collaboratively with other members of the group and with project leaders. In the process they learned
valuable interpersonal and employment skills and earned a BTEC qualification. The winning tracks are
listed below, with links to to listen.
Koestler Trust is the UK’s best-known prisoner arts charity. The Trust inspires participation in the arts
amongst offenders, secure patients and detainees through awards and feedback, mentoring, sales,
exhibitions and events. The 2019 Koestler Awards were judged by experts in their respective fields, and
the 2019 exhibition, at London’s Southbank Centre from 19 Sept to 3 Nov has been curated by Soweto
“Everybody gives positive feedback, you’re not having that criticism, not having that negative vibes off
people, it makes you want to do more, it makes you want to practise it more and do better” – Participant,
HMP & YOI Bronzefield
“It was particularly nice to observe the learners being encouraged to take ownership of their
compositions, having their opinions and wishes prioritised whilst communicating amongst themselves.
This was connected to employability in a very effective way and the learners have told me that their
confidence and optimism has improved during the time they have spent with Finding Rhythms” – Staff
Member, HMP Cardiff


 Award Category Track name Prison
Platinum Singer-Songwriter – Original Release Me HMP Bronzefield
Spoken Word Two Minds (also FTE award) HMP Bronzefield
Silver Hip Hop, Rap & Grime Subliminal HMPYOI Isis
Bronze Hip Hop, Rap & Grime Deep End HMPYOI Isis
Hip Hop, Rap & Grime Song To You HMPYOI Isis
Singer-Songwriter – Original Emma HMPYOI Parc
Hip Hop, Rap & Grime Fly Away HMPYOI Parc
Highly Commended Hip Hop, Rap & Grime Deep Thoughts HMPYOI Bronzefield
Singer-Songwriter – Original Fear Is Torment HMPYOI Bronzefield
Songwriting Simple Love HMPYOI Bronzefield
Commended Hip Hop, Rap & Grime Money HMPYOI Parc
Hip Hop, Rap & Grime Affection HMYOI Feltham
Hip Hop, Rap & Grime Get Your Move On HMYOI Feltham
Hip Hop, Rap & Grime That One HMYOI Feltham
Hip Hop, Rap & Grime The Streets HMYOI Feltham
Hip Hop, Rap & Grime The Life In Jail HMYOI Swinfen Hall
First Time Entrant Hip Hop, Rap & Grime Home HMYOI Isis
Singer-Songwriter – Original Let’s Dance HMYOI Isis
Singer-Songwriter – Original Feelings HMYOI Feltham
Hip Hop, Rap & Grime Raised HMYOI Feltham
Hip Hop, Rap & Grime Rumble HMYOI Feltham


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