Thursday 17 March 2016
Music in 'the jungle'
When walking round the Calais 'jungle' I kept hearing snatches of music. Of course - “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” (Robert Fripp). As soon as I returned to London I contacted Ness of The Calais Sessions - and we met. Their approach, not 'taking' music to the refugees, but checking out what is there – it always is – and letting the music and the people speak. Shockingly, many of the children are unaccompanied, and I know from my time at the Pavarotti Centre in Bosnia how important music is for them. So I will help as much as I can. They have recorded an album and will be returning to Calais to continue their work. I hope that the launch of 'Left Field' will be an opportunity to help.