Sing Inside has origins within Cambridge Music Education Outreach (CaMEO). In December 2013, a group of Cambridge choral scholars visited HMP Bedford to sing a carol service. The event was a great success, and sparked a desire to collaborate with the residents. The first collaborative workshop took place in HMP Bedford in March 2013. We began as the ‘Cambridge Community Choir’, until the funding from CaMEO sadly became unsustainable in 2014.

Since then, a group of enthusiastic students founded Sing Inside in early 2015, a stand-alone University of Cambridge society. The society has continued to grow into a wider not-for-profit organisation, and has established organisational branches in London and Manchester. You can donate to our cause here.

Since becoming financially independent, the student committee in Cambridge have raised over £9000 for the society. Their work has included fundraising concerts and sponsored activities, including the 2016-17 Committee’s Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike in 24 hours and raising over £2300, which you can read about here. Furthermore, Sing Inside, Cambridge has received many donations from kind individuals and Cambridge colleges, which you can read about here. They also work in partnership with the Cambridge Institute of Criminology to assist with research projects such as the Learning Together project, which you can read about here (http://www.cctl.cam.ac.uk/case-studies/case-studies-about-lecture-practice/institute-criminology-learning-together-being), and have expanded into three new prisons.

Sing Inside now hopes to expand further, establishing links with other universities to provide this hugely successful model all over the country. If you are interested in our work and would like to get involved, please email Kate Apley on ka414@cam.ac.uk. She would be happy to discuss the possibilities for expanding this work further.