Sing Inside connects volunteers drawn from student populations and local communities with prison communities across the country.
What We Do
Trained Sing Inside volunteers conduct singing workshops within the prison estate, by leading warm-ups and teaching several songs around a theme over the course of a day. We use the power of group singing to bring people together, and to create a socially and creatively liberating space for participants. We aim to cultivate an encouraging, hopeful and joyful environment where such opportunities are few.
Sing Inside has grown from initial origins within Cambridge Music Education and 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 2014, and continued as the ‘Cambridge Community Choir’ until the funding from CaMEO sadly became unsustainable in 2014. A group of enthusiastic students founded Sing Inside as a stand-alone Cambridge University society, and the first official committees strengthened Sing Inside hugely. Over the years, Sing Inside has expanded and grown, and in March 2019 the organisation became a registered CIO with the Charity Commission, no. 1182678.
You can read our constitution here.
"The whole package: joy, happiness, the radiance of love, light and passion, amazing. Thank you."
Giverny, Maisie, and Clover from the Executive Committee expanding Sing Inside into Oxford
Our model works outwards from the Executive Committee, which establishes new connections with student groups and other local participants, such as community choirs. Members of the Executive Committee then work to create Local Committees to plan and administer visits on a local level, and support them as their network of prison partnerships grows. Currently, Sing Inside has Local Committees in Cambridge and Oxford, and is expanding into London and the Midlands. If you would like to build a Local Committee in your area, please get in touch.