Cell Block Tangos, Jazz Hands and Arias

12 May 2016

From Sweeney Todd at Scrubs, to West Side Story at Wandsworth, Wasfi Kani OBE has made a dramatic impact in prisons across England.

Since founding Pimlico Opera in 1987, London-born conductor Kani has specialised in putting on opera and musical theatre in unusual settings. Starting with hospitals, country houses and banks, in 1990 Pimlico Opera branched out to prisons. Since then, the group has worked with more than 1,000 prisoners, and taken around 55,000 members of the public into prisons.

Kani is also the founder of Grange Park Opera, an annual opera festival held in in Hampshire. Here, working alongside designer Michael Moody, she transformed of two derelict neoclassical temples into a dramatic theatrical setting.  

PET is delighted to host Kani, as she tells the story of her work within prisons and the huge benefits she has seen music bring to individual prisoners, prisons and broader society. There will also be an exhibition of paintings and artworks by Eve McDougall and other former prisoners on display.

The event will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 12th May, at Kings College School in Wimbledon. Tickets are £25 and include refreshments. Proceeds will support PET's vital work providing educational opportunities to men and women in prison.

To find out more about the event call 020 3752 5680. To register either download this form and return it to Prisoners' Education Trust, The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, SE11 5RR, or email anthony@prisonerseducation.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!