Change Makers x Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Seven Hills brings you more insight into the themes of the Orchestra's Journeys of Discovery season with this podcast series that delves into the empowering journeys of those who are motivated to make change in the world.

 Episode two: Redemption and Freedom

We are excited to bring you the second episode of Journeys of Discovery, Redemption and Freedom, the latest in Change Makers' collaborative series with the Royal Philharmonic Orchesta. Over the course of these interviews, Michael explores fundamental questions about what it means to be human that accompany nine incredible concerts.

As Founding Director of Fine Cell Work, Katy speaks to Michael about how she is helping to transform the lives of prisoners and ex-prisoners through needlework.

Prisons can be "places of soul, spirit and connection", says Katy. Rather than carrying out their sentences "full of rage and self hate", prisoners should be permitted to embark on a journey of "self understanding and self acceptance". Through needlework, Fine Cell Work is opening one of the few doors of opportunity available to prisoners – allowing them both a glimpse of freedom, and a chance for redemption.


Photo credit: Andy Paradise


Katy gave a Tedx talk on the transformative power of arts and crafts in rehabilitative settings.

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With special thanks to our audio partners at RØDE whose equipment was used to record this podcast. Visit their website below to find out more:

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Thank you to the BBC for providing the soundtrack, Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra performed by the RPO and Vasily Petrenko and recorded live in London at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.

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