‘What If‘ the new single from folk artist Zoe Wren seeks to raise both money and public awareness on behalf of prison music outreach charity Sing Inside.
“Taking singing workshops into local prisons with charity Sing Inside was one of the most rewarding parts of my life while living in Cambridge,” says Wren. “My song What If was inspired partly by the joy and hope music can bring to people’s lives and partly by the frustrations of working in a prison system lacking focus on rehabilitation. It is more vital now than ever to support this important community work, so all money from this release will go straight to help Sing Inside and the amazing work this charity does.”
“My heart goes out to the family and friends of Jack and Saskia, and to everyone affected by the events at Fishmongers’ Hall on London Bridge. I think we owe it to them to continue to support the cause they so strongly believed in, and focus not on hate but on love, hope and humanity.”
On its website Sing Inside outlines its mission and values as follows:
- Sing Inside promotes and supports the use of music and performing arts as a means of community-building for all who work or live within the prison setting.
- We aim to provide music-based educational initiatives by conducting choral workshops in UK prisons and holding facilities using volunteers drawn from UK universities and local choirs.
- Our workshops train and develop the musicianship and educational leadership skills of volunteers drawn from universities and local communities, who support workshop delivery.
- We believe that music can break down common stereotypes and social barriers, and encourage creativity, confidence, and a greater sense of self-worth.
‘What If’ is available via Wren’s Bandcamp page. The track is priced at £2, but she asks that if you are able to donate any more, it will be hugely appreciated.
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