Throughout this academic year CaMEO and the Outreach Choir have continued to provide singing workshops in prison, including expanding its work to provide training opportunities and visit new prisons. CaMEO visited HMP Bedford and HMP Whitemoor before Christmas to lead Christmas singing workshops, including learning Christmas classics such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town and De Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy. The culmination of the morning workshop at each prison was a performance of the songs at the Prison’s Annual Carol Service, which were very warmly received by staff and residents alike.
In the Spring CaMEO provided training for the prison outreach team with community choir leaders Rowena Whitehead and Mark DeLisser, giving time and space to develop their understanding of teaching and directing singing in the community. With a workshop at HMP Bedford the following day the students had opportunity to try-out the skills they’d learnt in the training sessions within a prison environment. The repertoire of the workshop, held on St. Patrick’s Day, had a nod to the Irish feast day with the prison residents learning Molly Malone in the workshop and the Outreach Choir performing Danny Boy as part of the afternoon concert.
This Summer after students exams are over, CaMEO and the Outreach Choir will continue to expand their work at different prisons, leading singing workshops at HMP Whitemoor and HMP Wayland.
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