"no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” Nelson Mandela
A huge thank you to all those that attended the Prison Choir Project Fundraiser in Soho last week and helped make it such a success. In particular to Pete Lewis, former Governor of HMP Dartmoor, to Charles Courtenay, the professional singers and soloists Alex Edwards and Jenny Stafford, to Sam Galsworthy for providing Sipsmith gin for all, and especially to the men we've got to know through our work over the past few years.
“Nobody has a life that worked out the way they wanted it to work out. The role of a good song is to share that feeling so that “we feel less isolated and we feel part of the great human chain which is really involved with the recognition of defeat”. For Leonard Cohen, defeat was the truth of things; the source of all the best jokes; the reason to make art; the crack where the light gets in.