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18 Feb 2019 | BY BPSO

At our February rehearsal we were truly honoured to be joined by anti-violence campaigner Alison Cope and Birmingham MC/rapper and Birmingham Laureate nominee Kurly McGeachie as we embark on an exciting new project ‘Key Change.’ We intend to create opportunities for young adults to work with members of the wider police family, in order to examine the issues and impact of gang and knife crime, through poetry and music.

We want develop and extend the relationships between the three charities post the Charity Gala Concert in the Royal Albert Hall, May 11th 2019.


To engage diverse groups in a collaborative project, exploring the causes and impact of gang knife crime, both real and perceived.

To excite those participating by improvisation in new styles, techniques and use of language within the Arts, through practical workshops lead by key practitioners.

To enlighten all involved and a wider audience through a recorded or performance outcome.

During the rehearsal Kurly created this great poem that was received with great warmth and enthusiasm by all in the orchestra. We hope you enjoy it too.