Just The Tonic with Katie Derham
Rehabilitation with Roger Graef
In the final episode of the current series, Katie Derham finds out how music can help people in the prison system get their lives back on track.
Katie chats to the renowned documentary producer, theatre director, and criminologist Roger Graef. Roger produced the groundbreaking and multi-award-winning Feltham Sings documentary filmed in Feltham Young Offenders Institution. Inmates and staff offered a glimpse into their lives but instead of simply telling their stories, they were given the opportunity to sing, rap, and quote poetry about their lives and their dreams.
Changing Tunes uses music and mentoring to help people lead meaningful crime-free lives. They work in prisons, young offenders' institutions, and secure children's homes across the UK employing musicians-in-residence in long-term residencies. Katie hears about their exceptional success from Chief Executive David Jones and Cam Harper, a former prisoner who now runs Changing Tunes record label, Red Tangent Records.
The People's Orchestra is gearing up for a major music project this year based around the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Katie finds out what musical resolutions players have made for 2022.