Our story

Our founder Richard Pendlebury first started taking his guitar into Bristol prison in 1987 and was amazed at the difference learning and playing music together made to people’s life chances.

In 1997 our project was formalised and funds were raised to buy equipment and instruments for the work in Bristol prison. Groups started meeting regularly, led by Richard Pendlebury and Adam Kishtainy. The project slowly grew to include new prisons, starting with Shepton Mallet, and we were granted charitable status in the year 2000 to carry on our work. By the year 2005 we were in six prisons, and by 2013 we were in 13 prisons.

In 2017 - 30 years after our first sessions in Bristol prison - Changing Tunes has skilled Musicians-in-Residence based in a growing network of prisons and community hubs across the UK. This growth has included the formal establishment of the Midlands region of Changing Tunes, appointing a board of trustees and new musicians in residence, with a view to expanding our work in the Midlands region.

In 2018 we are now working in 4 prisons in the West Midlands, providing sessional music and mentoring services.

Trustees

Phil Jackman: Chair David Perryman: Treasurer Claire Hamm: Trustee James Thorne: Trustee Graham Stewart : Trustee

 

Staff: Musicians-In-Residence

David Cefai (Musician-in-Residence HMPs Brinsford & Featherstone)   David’s work in music has taken him across the world, to the USA, Aus, NZ, Europe and UK; performing and recording as solo artist, reggae band guitarist and afrobeat band leader. Music education has always run in parallel with his professional music career, taking many forms from peripatetic teaching to leading whole band/orchestra workshops on performance, composition and improvisation. Inspired by those he has played with and taught, David’s passion in music is for it to be available to people of all backgrounds and abilities, to allow music to be a source of positive motivation and self-expression.

David Cefai (Musician-in-Residence HMPs Brinsford & Featherstone)

David’s work in music has taken him across the world, to the USA, Aus, NZ, Europe and UK; performing and recording as solo artist, reggae band guitarist and afrobeat band leader. Music education has always run in parallel with his professional music career, taking many forms from peripatetic teaching to leading whole band/orchestra workshops on performance, composition and improvisation. Inspired by those he has played with and taught, David’s passion in music is for it to be available to people of all backgrounds and abilities, to allow music to be a source of positive motivation and self-expression.

Matt Newell( Musician-In-Residence HMP Hewell and HMP Stafford)                                                      In training

Matt Newell( Musician-In-Residence HMP Hewell and HMP Stafford)
In training