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Sara is the Artistic Director at Irene Taylor Trust ‘Music in Prisons.

10/09/2019 11AM | GUEST | Jacqueline Malcolm


Sara is the Artistic Director at Irene Taylor Trust ‘Music in Prisons’, since 1995, developing, supporting and delivering the organisation’s work with prisoners, former prisoners and young people on the fringes of the criminal justice system.


After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, a performance at HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs in London became the start of Sara 's musical career ‘inside’.  Sara was offered the opportunity to develop all aspects of creative music in the prison, which, via a Butler Trust award in 1995, led to her to be asked to form the Irene Taylor Trust ‘Music in Prisons’. Sara has  held the role of Artistic Director since 1995, developing, supporting and delivering the organisation’s work with prisoners, former prisoners and young people on the fringes of the criminal justice system.  Sara worked with colleagues to devise and implement our artistic strategy however there is little that gives her greater pleasure than working as part of the project team, helping people who don’t think they can, to write and perform their own music. It’s important that she remain in touch with what is happening on the ground for the organisation and also for her as a musician so being able to combine the two roles is ideal. Being with the Trust has allowed Sara to work with and learn from people she is likely never to have met, all of whom have played their part in making the organisation what it is today.

For the past 7 years she has been fortunate enough to take the work of the organisation to the US, working with musicians from Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra and the Negaunee Music Institute to support them to deliver creative programmes with young men in temporary juvenile detention as well as a number of different groups based in the community. We are currently developing a programme to support music in prisons in Bergen, Norway. Sara was awarded a fellowship by the Guildhall School of Music in 2012 and am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2015 Sara embarked on a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship, travelling for 7 weeks to the US and Norway to look at the role music can play in resettlement and crime prevention. Any spare time is spent watching Arsenal FC home, away and abroad.


 

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