Displaced Voices is an OSJ initiative that brings together refugees and asylum seekers with professional musicians and university students through hands-on musical participation.
December 2018 - December 2019
Charity information: orchestra of st john's ltd
Mental health in Immigration Removal Centres is a serious issue and it has been demonstrated that musical participation can have a meaningful impact on those struggling with mental health issues.
For more information see the 2016 UK Immigration Detention Profile https://www.globaldetentionproject.org/countries/europe/united-kingdom
Music-making has been shown to support good mental health and bridge cultural barriers by bringing people together in non-verbal communal activity. Both of these are significant issues for refugees and asylum seekers - particularly those in detention. We will be working with detainees in Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre and in schools in Oxfordshire.
To support music-making with residents of Campsfield House IRC and refugees resident in OX
Activities» OSJ will engage refugees and asylum seekers through the established method of group improvisation. It requires no formal musical training
What success will look like
This project will be conducted in collaboration with students at the University of Oxford to document the outcomes of this type of collaborative music-making in IRC environments
Our Director of Community Engagement will co-host a knowledge-exchange workshop in Oxford for individuals throughout the country who are engaged in musical projects and refugees/asylum seekers. This includes musical practitioners, facilities coordinators, funders, trainers, activists and researchers.
We are always at risk of trying to do too much, and our available management resources will be stressed.
We must also fund raise for each element of the project.
Through bulletins on our website, and through targeted emails to donors and invitations to visit project sessions.
Budget - Project Cost: £25,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £7,600 16 sessions 2 months of weekly 3-hour music-making sessions with two groups of refugees/asylum seekers £6,000 fees for professional musicians £2,000 travel costs to and from immigration centres £1,600 composer four days of workshops £550 scores creating printed scores for the players £2,250 admin admin £5,000 events in Oxford and London
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Arts Council £15,000 Guaranteed
Throughout Oxfordshire - in the Universities, Music Hub, community centres, special schools. Not Jjust in Oxford, but throughout the county from Banbury to Didcot.
Through this work we anticipate making a positive impact on the lives and wellbeing of 100+ of our newest community members - asylum seekers living in detention in Oxfordshire
John Lubbock founded the OSJ in 1967 as a classical chamber orchestra and choir to genuinely serve the community through a range of activities from public performances to work with people with autism or dementia and support for young performers. It now organises some 40 concerts a year and 50 days for people with disabilities
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Director of Community Engagement
Oversight, as founder of the orchestra
will pay for a refugee child's place at a workshop
OSJ's work in the community is a core part of our activity.