Pirate music project


Pirate music project

Some of our customers and colleagues have recently taken part in a music project funded by Pirate Music Studios, whose aim is to promote creativity among young people. Rob and Donna from our health and wellbeing team led the project, which took place in the Pirate recording studios in Croydon and Notting Hill.

The purpose of the project was to bring customers and colleagues together to write and record their own original song. The inspiration for the song came from a poem called ‘Breathe,’ by Becky Hemsley. The poem advocates for self-acceptance and being yourself without judgement from others.

Customers used this theme of self-acceptance to come up with ideas for their final song. The song which is called ‘Tell Me’ encompasses all of these ideas in its lyrics, which were written by Donna.

During the studio rehearsal time customers were given the opportunity to practice and record their own music projects using the equipment available. Some customers chose to rap, others played the guitar, sang or performed spoken word pieces.

For the song ‘Tell me’ customers and colleagues came together to record the final version with Zakaria playing the acoustic guitar, CJ producing the song and Donna singing.

Alongside time spent in the recording studio producing the final song, we also ran creative art workshops for customers to express themselves through photography and art. Some of these photographs have been used to make the video that accompanies the song.

To find out more about the project and how music can have a positive impact on mental health we interviewed Donna and Rob. You can watch the interview and the final recorded version of  the song ‘Tell me’ in the videos below.

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