President Nina Vinther
I am a 2nd year MMLer at Trinity College where I sing in the chapel choir. As President, I oversee the general running of the society, planning visits and workshops, as well as spreading our message throughout the university and helping with the ongoing fundraising effort. My first Sing Inside visit to HMP Bedford last Christmas was nothing like anything I had ever done before. I found it to be a deeply moving, uplifting and humbling experience; an experience I would love as many people as possible to share in. These visits are an incredibly powerful way of using choral singing to break down barriers, promote atmospheres of positivity & community and tackle destructive stereotypes about prisons. Hopefully the coming year will see other university groups nationwide getting on board and singing inside.
Secretary Frankie Postles
I am a second year music student at Trinity College and the secretary for Sing Inside Cambridge. Singing in a choir is a truly unique way of building a sense of community in any group of people, and seeing this work so effectively in a prison environment has been truly inspiring. The prison system is an important part of a multifaceted criminal justice system, and volunteering at one of the Sing Inside workshops allows one to interact and communicate with a group of people who are insulated from wider society. I would strongly recommend to anyone getting involved!
Prisons Coordinator Rachael Chapman
I am a third year psychology student and the prison coordinator for Sing Inside, meaning I send a lot of emails to organise our workshop days. My first visit was to HMP Whitemoor in December 2015. I love the friendly and relaxed feel of the workshops and concerts. It feels like there is no “them and us”, just a group of people singing, learning music and having a laugh together. It is also so special to see students and residents come out of their shells and form new connections, realising we are all people and we all need time to be listened to and respected, regardless of our background.
Treasurer: Peter Griffin
I am a second year PhD student in Materials Science and the junior treasurer for Sing Inside Cambridge. Singing is a brilliant way to build community and our workshops create a friendly atmosphere that allows everyone to meet new people and learn from them, students and prisoners alike. The prisoners I have met are incredibly friendly and enthusiastic to get to know us and sing together. Prison is a key part of our criminal justice system, but I realised when I first found out about Sing Inside that I knew almost nothing about it. Sing inside offers a chance to connect with people who are normally off limits and learn about the inner workings of our justice system directly from their personal experiences. Sing Inside workshops have been some of the most uplifting and valuable experiences of my life.
Fundraising and Publicity: Edward Cunningham
Website Manager Susannah Hill
I’m a 3rd Year French and German student at Trinity and I manage the Sing Inside website from my new home in Berlin where I am spending my Year Abroad. I did my first visit to HMP Whitemoor in December 2015 and was keen to get involved immediately – the prisoners I chatted to were so appreciative of us spending time with them, and every visit since has reminded me of the fact that music has an incredible power in bringing people together. Sing Inside is undoubtedly the most enjoyable and worthwhile thing I’ve done since starting at Cambridge – I am so excited to see the society develop and would highly recommend getting involved!