The Choir: Harmony on the Hill
Directed by: Pete and Gina
Distinction: The Prison’s Governor and Deputy Governor started our Choir (Inside Out) when they were at HMP Birmingham. They were keen to replicate it when they moved to Rye Hill.
It is our largest choir. The nature of the prison means many are serving longer sentences so our choir has an older, more stable membership. The musical standard is consequently high: the members relish singing, performing and recording songs in three-part harmony.
Highlights: Gold Koestler Award: for their rendition of Consider Yourself.
A “Sleep Out” and concert to raise money for the homeless choir “Choir With No Name”.
Our most regular Blogger, Ophrys is a member of Harmony on the Hill.
Dignifying Prison Funerals with their voices.
Ethos: We are grateful for the opportunity to mentally be transported out of our environment every week, we are ambitious and determined to contribute whenever we can.
Our Song: Perhaps our most ambitious song to date has been “Mr Blue Sky” together with full choral finale. Although, when the Gov shows up it’s, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”!
Challenge: In terms of the running of the choir, this prison presents fewer challenges as the population is so stable. However, mental health issues are more in evidence: Harmony on the Hill provides considerable help with improving and maintaining general wellbeing.