Music classes

We sing meaningful and optimistic songs that connect people with their past whilst accompanying them on a journey towards a happier future.

Most people sing, others play ukulele, shaker, tambourine or keyboard. We mainly sing English songs to help learn the language; Smile, Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Feeling Good are favourites.

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"The music class relaxes my mind. I enjoy listening to music."
Student

"I love the music class because I relax and switch off bad thoughts." Student

We also welcome songs from people’s original countries and sometimes improvise or compose pieces inspired by artwork or poetry created in the Art and Writing classes.

We choose songs with an accessible vocabulary and arrange them to make them playable by all. With the precious support of our volunteers, we can spend time on pronunciation and the meaning of the words. We also work towards performances, often for the Centre’s fundraising events.

Music has many other important benefits too: it transcends language barriers, and builds people’s self-confidence, as well as a strong sense of group cohesion.

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"One session we sang ‘Hometown Glory’ by Adele. I invited students to sing memories of their hometown in their native languages. We had the chorus sung by all in English, and verses in Farsi, Turkish, Russian and Spanish, that was such a unique moment!"
Romain Malan, Music class session lead

Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants is a registered charity in England and Wales - Number: 1135205 - Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England & Wales - Number: 07076199.
Registered address: 16-18 Cross Street, London N1 2BG