Pink Floyd’s legendary guitarist David Gilmour will be performing a handful of dates at the iconic Albert Hall during October 2015. Two tickets are up for grabs for these sold out shows with proceeds going to the Liberty Choir, a prison rehabilitation project. The project brings together current and former Wandsworth Prison inmates with singers from MJ’s Choirs. In the prison, weekly sessions are available to inmates in 8-week programmes, and all participants are encouraged to continue singing with the choirs after their release. The project is run by MJ Paranzino, singer, composer and choir director, and her partner, the journalist and writer, Ginny Dougary. “It gives real hope and optimism … they don’t just come out of prison into a vacuum and the same temptations. This gives them at least one night a week with something to do where they feel valued, and they can join in with something artistic that is uplifting.” David Gilmour.
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MJ’s Liberty Choir programme is managed by a Community Interest Company called MJ’s Community Choirs. All income is used to benefit the community by delivering programmes in the prison and extending and developing the Liberty Choirs. (company number 8323037). One 8-week program costs £6500. £39,000 a year to enable continuous weekly sessions