Past performances

Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 7pm – Union Chapel 21st Year Anniversary Event


Wow! 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!


Thursday 20th February 2014, 7.30pm – Bush Hall, London

Platform 7 and Police Dog Hogan play London's Bush Hall 20.02.14

On 20th February 2014, Platform 7 played their most exciting gig to date, at London’s Bush Hall, teaming up with Police Dog Hogan.

As well as performing their own sets, the bands came together for a unique collaboration, fusing the soul, funk and feeling of Platform 7 with the exuberant alt-country/bluegrass stylings of Police Dog Hogan


Tuesday 16th September 2014 – The Social Business Trust

On Tuesday night Sounding Out band Platform 7 were invited to perform at a special event for the Social Business Trust, an organisation which supports social enterprises to grow.

The band performed two twenty-minute sets to those assembled to celebrate the Social Business Trust’s achievements over the last year, on the ninth floor of number 1 More London, with spectacular views of the Thames.

“Thanks so much for everything last night –if [Platform 7] were nervous they certainly didn’t show it – they sung beautifully and everyone said how well you all complimented the evening.” Emma, audience member

“The band was just fab this evening!  Thank you for such an enjoyable evening and please pass on our thanks to the band.” Jenny, audience member

Thursday 4th September, 2014, 7pm – Adrian Harrison at St Marks, Kennington


Not only did our current cohort of Making Tracks participants put on a brilliant show with five original songs written since Monday morning, but their tracks sandwiched a special set from Sounding Out graduate Adrian Harrison, aka Tru Star (aka Fudge) celebrating his BBC Performing Arts Fund fellowship.

And what a celebration it was! As well as Adrian’s own fantastic material, on three songs he was joined by previous Making Tracks participants to perform songs he’s helped them to write/perform during his fellowship. Heritier, Chains (aka Shallise), Nirobi and Paradox (aka Terell) all truly shone. It was delight to see them again.

A quick shout out too to Adrian’s backing band, who learned a lot of songs very quickly – Gary, Charles, Hermione (on bass!) and Sara (on drums!) smashed it.

Wednesday 19th September 2012, 6.15pm – Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London 

The Sounding Out band Platform 7 performed a full set as part of the marvellous Koestler Trust‘s 50th anniversary celebrations and 2012 Awards Exhibition ‘Free’ launch.

Here’s a clip of them in action at the event: 

Sunday 15th July 2012, 12pm – Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Southbank Centre, London.

Platform 7 were invited to perform as part of an exciting weekend celebrating PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music 20×12 programme. This was a wonderful opportunity for the band to perform in a very public space, and they went down a storm.

You can see more photos of the event courtesy of our favourite artistic collaborator Lizzie Coombes here.

Thursday 5th July 2012, 7.30pm – St Marylebone Parish Church
Music in Prisons Presents

The debut performance of the Sounding Out band took place on Thursday 5th July 2012 at St Marylebone Parish Church.

This very exciting evening provide a stunning showcase of The Irene Taylor Trust’s work, kicking off with a beautiful film of MiP’s collaboration ‘Beyond This’ with contemporary composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and men at HMP Lowdham Grange (introduced by Turnage) – a commission for PRS For Music Foundation’s New Music 20×12 programme as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad celebrations.

The Sounding Out band then took centre stage to unveil the original new music created over 5 days in June. They were accompanied by two students from The Royal Academy of Music, Hermione Jones on cello and Joe Bentley on double-bass, who provided a mini strings section to further enhance the storming set.

The evening concluded with a very special guest set by the wonderful Neil Cowley Trio (featuring regular MiP project leader Rex on double-bass) just hours before they flew to Montreal to begin a world-hopping tour.


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