The power of lullabies
The Lullaby Project gives mums and dads in challenging circumstances the opportunity to create bespoke lullabies alongside professional musicians, allowing them to explore their thoughts and feelings about their children, enhancing the bond between them by creating something that can be treasured forever.
The Lullaby Project was originally devised by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in the US and was first brought to the UK in 2017 by the Irene Taylor Trust and RPO Resound. Following the success of these original projects, the partners are rolling out the Lullaby Project to three regions of the UK in 2020/21, working with criminal justice and community support groups in London, Suffolk and Hull as part of a wider programme supported by Arts Council England.
From January to March 2021, RPO Resound and ITT took the Lullaby Project to Hull, working with voluntary organisation Open Doors to create eight new lullabies with parents with asylum-seeker or refugee status. Delivered over Zoom due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, musicians met and worked one-on-one with parents from a range of ethnic, musical and language backgrounds to write songs for their children. Participants then had the chance to meet further musicians during listening sessions to make suggestions or changes to the orchestrated songs, before the final recording sessions. Have a listen to the heart-warming songs.