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I Speak Music London launch event

Amnesty International UK, EC2A 3EA

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and in accordance with Public Health England’s guidance, this course has been postponed until further notice. We will update the website with a new date as soon as we are able to do so.

Join us for the London launch of I Speak Music, a programme using music to promote learning, empathy and cultural tolerance between people newly arrived in the UK and local communities.


I Speak Music is run by Surrey Music Education Hub and combines three core strands:

  1. A youth songwriting project exclusively for unaccompanied minors
  2. An inclusive community orchestra for adults of refugee and non-refugee backgrounds
  3. Training and networking opportunities

So far it has had a huge impact in Surrey
and they are keen to share ideas and learning with friends and partners in London.


Sound Connections is hosting the London launch event to bring together people working with, or interested in working with, refugees, asylum seekers and people displaced from their countries of birth. It’s taking place on 3 April 2020 at Amnesty International and will feature:

  • A keynote from Laura Hassler, Founder and Director of Musicians Without Borders
  • Music from I Speak Music musicians
  • Presentations and workshops from people working with refugees and asylum seekers in a broad range of contexts 


The event aims to:

  • Increase knowledge of how music and the arts can support the personal and social needs of groups who have been displaced from their country of birth and help them settle into life in the UK;
  • Increase knowledge of how music and the arts can promote cultural tolerance between people;
  • Broker new contacts and partnership opportunities;
  • Identify needs and gaps in provision;
  • Build greater understanding of how a multi agency approach can better support people newly arrived in the UK


Sign up if you are a musician with a refugee background; a music or arts professional; or work with other relevant agencies (such as police, social workers, health workers, charities, refugee support organisations, foster carers, Children’s Services etc).


Find out more about the I Speak Music programme here>


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