“ Liberty choir has made a very positive impact for a number of prisoners within Wandsworth. Both MJ and Ginny are inspirational individuals determined to make a difference with some of society’s most challenging citizens. For prisoners, I have observed a new found confidence, an enhancement of comradeship, with a sense of pride to achieve positive outcomes. What these guys achieve in such a short period of time is truly impressive!! “Kenny Brown, OBE
The Liberty Choirs were dreamed up by MJ Paranzino, singer, composer and choir director, and her partner, the journalist and writer, Ginny Dougary, more than ten years ago. Their idea was to take MJ’s singers into prisons to create choirs with inmates in a continuous programme of choir singing. The second part of the programme kicks in when the ex-offenders are ready to be released into the community – our hope, which one year on has become a reality, was that former prisoners would feel comfortable joining the community choirs, where they would recognize familiar faces and friends, be part of a community and enjoy a healthy and fun activity.
MJ and Ginny would like to thank all the people who have made it possible for us to get this far.
But in order for us to continue and expand our singing programme, both within the prison and in the community, we need to appeal to a wider audience for generous financial support. This is all the more vital in a period of austerity and government cut backs.
Major Founding Supporters Polly Samson and David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey
Founding Supporters Ian Hislop, David Suchet CBE and Sheila Suchet, Baroness Kingsmill CBE, Gary Mulgrew. Ed Law, Vicky Bell, family and friends,
Friends Dr Christine Pickard, David Bowen,Sir Nicholas Underhill, Gino Chiappetta, Ravenstone Primary School
Special thanks to Managing Chaplain HMP Wandsworth Tim Bryan and Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, for believing in, and helping us realize, the vision of MJ’s Liberty Choir Programme
MJ’s Liberty Choir programme is managed by a Community Interest Company called MJ’s Community Choirs. All income is used to benefit the community by delivering programmes in the prison and extending and developing the Liberty Choirs. (company number 8323037)