EFG London Jazz Festival Concert

Koestler Arts x London Jazz Festival

Wormwood Scrubs Prison
21 November 2019

In November 2019, Koestler Arts teamed up with Serious for a unique concert in the atmospheric prison chapel of HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs. This was the first time that a London Jazz Festival event had taken place inside a prison.

Grammy Award winning musician Rhiannon Giddens headlined the event alongside Francesco Turrisi, supported by an ensemble of prisoners performing original vocal material in the atmospheric prison chapel.

The musical contribution from the prison marked the culmination of a 3-week vocal project inside. The participants from HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs were not musical experts, just people with enthusiasm to try something new. Over 8 workshop sessions, with experienced workshop leaders Sherry and Fusion, they were given the chance to explore different vocal styles, from gospel to beat-box. Along the way, they tested and explored their creativity, confidence, self-expression and ability to work together. Raising their voices, in the best possible way.


You can listen back to some of the performances from Rhiannon Giddens and the ensemble from HMP Wormwood Scrubs on our Soundcloud playlist.

Listen here

Read more

If you want to find out more about the event, why not read our guest blog post The Spirit of Jazz, written by a member of the Wormwood Scrubs ensemble.

Read the blogpost