Making radio

Young people in Poplar making (radio) waves

This week we’re working with a very talented group of young people in Poplar  in partnership with The Prince’s Trust Get Started.

As well as writing some brilliant original music together – ready for today’s gig – yesterday they spent the day learning about how to create their own radio show! The called the station ‘Woody Radio’ and the show ‘The Tea’.

If this all sounds wonderfully intriguing, why not check out the excellent show made by a group we worked with in Croydon in March below?

Making Tracks at the Marcus Lipton Youth Centre

Next month we’re excited to be taking our Making Tracks programme back to South London, working in partnership with the Marcus Lipton Youth Centre. This project is possible thanks to support from the National Foundation for Youth Music, the Mercers’ Company Charity, Peter Minet Trust, St James’s Place Foundation and the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation.

We’d love for you to join us to enjoy a performance of original music, written and played by the young people, on Thursday 23 March at 7.30pm.

This is a FREE event, but if you would like to attend, please RSVP to



Venue: Marcus Lipton Youth Centre, Minet Road, London, London, SW9 7UH

Nearest stations are;

Loughborough Junction (rail) – 6 minute walk

Brixton (rail) – 14 minute walk

Brixton (underground, Victoria Line) – 16 minute walk

A Night To Remember; Making Tracks Super-group Perform at 21st Anniversary Gig

We’ve already shared some of the twitter reactions to our 21st Year Gig at Union Chapel on 22/11/16 – now we have some beautiful photos taken by our friend Rob McElroy for you to enjoy!

Thanks again to all the guests & performers who made the evening so special; our Making Tracks super-group, special guest Speech Debelle backed by our fabulous house band,  Mark-Anthony Turnage & Lizzie Coombes (talking about the Bridges collaboration), the Royal Academy of Music Open Academy ensemble, Sounding Out band Platform 7, the wonderful Chaps Choir, and our glorious compere for the evening, Tim Dowling.

Making Tracks take part in Bridges collaboration with Mark-Anthony Turnage for #ITTturns21

Bridges is a special collaboration with composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, photographer Lizzie Coombes, and groups of musicians from our three programmes Music in Prisons, Sounding Out and Making Tracks, to celebrate 21 years of the Irene Taylor Trust with a new piece of music. Watch the accompanying film by Lizzie Coombes and Andy Wood below:

As part of our 21st Year Celebrations we wanted to create a lasting memorial to our work to date, which would draw together the three strands of our work, Music in Prisons, Sounding Out and Making Tracks. Following a very successful collaboration with Turnage, Coombes and Wood in 2012 on the piece Beyond This, it seemed the obvious solution was to get the band back together for an even more ambitious project!

An exhibition of photographs by Lizzie Coombes taken during the creation of Bridges is showing at the Free Word Centre, Farringdon, until 30th January 2017. Visiting info here.

What a Night! Celebrating 21 Years at the Union Chapel

show-1-1Wow! Tuesday 22 November 2016 now has a special place in the hearts of everyone involved in the Irene Taylor Trust! The culmination of our 21st year celebrations (yes, a whole year! Yes, we’re bonkers!) – which has involved collaborative projects with Clean Break, Synergy Theatre Company, the Human Revolution Orchestra, fundraising concerts by violinist Maxim Vengerov at Temple Church and Stephen Hough at the Hampstead Arts Festival, and of course our special ‘Bridges’ project with composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, photographer Lizzie Coombes and groups from our three programmes Music in Prisons, Sounding Out and Making Tracks – our ‘big gig’ at Union Chapel was a full-on celebration of our work, with musicians from our programmes centre-stage!

It seems that the audience agreed with us about how fantastic and fitting a celebration it was!:

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