CAMBRIDGE COMMITTEE

Cambridge is the original home of Sing Inside, and our longest-running committee, averaging nine visits per academic year. Since becoming financially independent, the student committee in Cambridge has raised almost £10,000 for the society. Their work has included fundraising concerts and sponsored activities, including the 2016-17 Committee’s Three Peaks Challenge, annual fundraising concerts and hugely generous support from numerous donors. They also work in partnership with the Cambridge Institute of Criminology to assist with research projects such as the Learning Together project, and have built strong connections with six local prisons.

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THE COMMITTEE:

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I'm a PhD candidate at the Institute of Criminology, and I'm thrilled to be President of Sing Inside Cambridge! I strongly believe in the transformative power of group singing, both for inmates and for our volunteers. I love the egalitarian approach of Sing Inside, which fosters an incredible sense of community and togetherness between inmates and volunteers in a surprisingly short space of time. Prison can be such an isolating experience; I hope that the opportunity to form connections with the outside world, and to have fun interacting with new people, might lessen the loneliness and give inmates a sense of achievement. Making music together encourages us all to challenge preconceptions and stereotypes, reminding us of our commonalities and providing space for us to learn from each other. We have lots of exciting plans for the coming year, so please don't hesitate to get involved!

MIRIAM SHOVEL

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I’m a third-year music student at Sidney Sussex College and choral scholar at Trinity College. Whilst undertaking academic research on the impacts of Sing Inside’s workshops, I was able to see first-hand the astounding ways in which singing together benefits both residents and volunteers alike and wanted to become more involved. I’ve since enjoyed visiting lots of prisons and am excited to take on the role of Sing Inside Cambridge’s secretary.

MADDIE BRYAN

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I’m a second year Music student at Trinity College. My first Sing Inside visit was to HMP Peterborough in December 2018 and I have also been involved in visits to George Mackenzie House and HMP Whitemoor. From my first visit I was really struck by how music can be used to break down barriers between volunteers and residents and between different groups of residents. Through the medium of music, a relaxed atmosphere is created and the residents have a lot of fun chatting to volunteers. There is no ‘them and us’. I’m really looking forward to seeing Sing Inside further develop and build on successes such as the recent summer residency to HMP Whitemoor.

OONA MCLUSKIE

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I’m a second year Music student at Trinity College. My first Sing Inside visit was to HMP Peterborough in December 2018 and I have also been involved in visits to George Mackenzie House and HMP Whitemoor. From my first visit I was really struck by how music can be used to break down barriers between volunteers and residents and between different groups of residents. Through the medium of music, a relaxed atmosphere is created and the residents have a lot of fun chatting to volunteers. There is no ‘them and us’. I’m really looking forward to seeing Sing Inside further develop and build on successes such as the recent summer residency to HMP Whitemoor.

Prisons Coordinator: coordinatorsinginside@gmail.com

HARRY GUTHRIE

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I am a third-year undergraduate reading Philosophy at Girton College and am very excited to be taking on a fundraising position for such a worthwhile charity. Instantly after my first visit to HMP Whitemoore, I was keen to more involved in SingInside’s work. I was overwhelmed by the sense of community and togetherness formed over the course of the day and the power of music to create that environment. That first visit is undoubtedly one of of the most eye-opening experiences I may ever have. More importantly, I was also struck by how grateful the residents were both for the musical experience and for being able to spend the day chatting and forming connections in a way which is so unusual for them. My role involves reaching out to potential sponsorships and organising events so we can continue to do our work and to spread awareness of its importance.

EMMA APTHORP

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I’m Rachel Coombs, a third year undergraduate studying English at Corpus Christi College. I first heard about Sing Inside when I attended a fundraising concert in my first year, where I was beyond inspired. Hearing friends speak about the experience they had, about how much their work is appreciated and the impact they make upon inmates, I found myself extremely moved, and immediately wanted to get involved. In fact, I was so impressed by this fantastic cause that I wanted to go all in, and try and make as much of a contribution as possible by being on the committee! As Website and Publicity Manager, I’m hoping to spread the word about Sing Inside both online and through other media to gain wider support and publicity for this fantastic cause.

Website Manager and Publicity: websitesinginside@gmail.com

RACHEL COOMBS

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Sing Inside

Registered charity no. 1182678

PO Box 75137

London SW9 1EJ

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

CONTACT US:

Maisie Hulbert

Giverny McAndry

Jonathan Schranz

Joe Shaw

Clover Willis