On the 26 of May 2012, members of SoundRoutes choirs from central Scotland joined up with male prisoners and officers in Addiewell Prison to record this four-track EP, “Changing Key”. For security reasons we could not take photos or video but everyone who was present knows that the atmosphere was electric. An unlikely place to experience joy and community spirit, music brought together people from dramatically different backgrounds and gave them a common purpose. Many gained a new perspective from the experience and we hope that you will enjoy the results.
What the prisoners had to say:
”It was an amazing experience, such a great atmosphere. This is not something I expected to do in jail. There was such an amazing team effort - a team spirit. I was apprehensive about meeting the other singers but they were very friendly.”
“Singing mellows and relaxes me. It’s a complete stress-buster. Your mind disappears for an hour and a half and you forget who you are. Recording this CD was one of the top experiences of my life, I might never get this chance again, to do something that isn’t only good for me but helps such a good charity. There’s a lot of poverty in Scotland that just doesn’t get noticed.”
”It was good having the other choir come into the prison, I think they might have seen a different side to us. It was a good chance for them to step into our world for a day and let them see that not everything’s as it seems.”
“Singing makes me feel good, I love it. I’m not the greatest singer in the world but it lifts my spirits.”