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Finding Rhythms Wins 12 Koestler Awards


The 2020 Koestler Award winners were announced on Friday 30 October 2020 and we are delighted to announce that 12 of those winners are tracks made on Finding Rhythms projects in prisons.

The winning tracks were made in four different prisons. Each track was made in the course of a 36-hour recording project led by Finding Rhythms with the aim of creating a brand new album of music. Project participants were encouraged 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, along with links for listening.
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 2020 Koestler Awards were judged by experts in their respective fields, and the exhibition this year entitled, No Lockdown in the Imagination will be an outdoor installation of artwork from the 2020 Koestler Awards at London’s Southbank Centre and online from 12 November – 13 December 2020  View the online exhibition

Award Category Track Name Prison
Gold Singer-Songwriter Original California Dreaming HMP Thameside
Silver Singer-Songwriter Original Praise Him HMYOI Brinsford
Singer-Songwriter Original Next Level HMP Chelmsford
Singer-Songwriter Original Stronger HMP Peterborough
Singer-Songwriter Original Done Deed HMP Thameside
Singer-Songwriter Original Finding Rhythms HMP Thameside
Highly Commended
Singer-Songwriter Original 10 Milli HMP Chelmsford
Singer-Songwriter Original Far Away HMP Chelmsford
Singer-Songwriter Original Fire In Da Booth HMP Peterborough
Singer-Songwriter Original Laws Of Attraction HMP Peterborough
Singer-Songwriter Original Chasing The Money HMP Thameside
Singer-Songwriter Original They Hatin’ HMP Thameside

“It’s helped me with regards to anger, to keep it controlled, ‘cause I’ve had a realisation that I can put it on the mic when I’m angry, and I go back to my room and I feel better.”, Participant, HMP Peterborough
“I’ve been smashing ideas all day, rhyming, beatboxing, production ideas. Feeling on cloud 9.”, Participant, HMP Peterborough
“I feel that this course will help me get a job as I’ve been very isolated, suffering from various mental health afflictions for last few years so this was a good way to reintegrate with group settings and build my confidence so I will be able to apply for jobs in future”, Participant, HMP Thameside
“I’m going to be extremely sad when I go back to my cell because I haven’t felt that I’ve been in prison whilst I’ve done this, I felt like I escaped, this is what freedom is, being allowed to express yourself and express your talent and its been beautiful seeing everybody elses expression and everybody elses talent. We’ve all come out of ourselves and out of our shells and we’ve all allowed each other to do so” Participant, HMP Chelmsford
“I was most impressed with the interaction between your musicians and the prison inmates which created a real team atmosphere as well as a willingness to perform, regardless of one’s musical ability. Such a huge benefit to the state of mind of those imprisoned whilst also sparking an interest in some to pursue music upon release. The confidence that was flowing from the room by the end of the session was heartening to witness.”,  Angela, Ironmongers (Funder of HMP Chelmsford project)

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