Criminal Justice Settings

Innovative programmes engaging with those within the criminal justice system

For over 20 years, Britten Pears Arts has worked in partnership with HMP Warren Hill to deliver music-based projects with residents.

Our projects encourage, support and enable residents to create and perform their own music, all with the aims of improving their wellbeing and developing musical and social skills which are vital for rehabilitation and successful reintroduction into our communities. The programme is delivered by a variety of professional musicians, under the artistic direction of Yvette Riby-Williams.

Yvette Riby Williams

Lead Artist

Yvette Riby-Williams is a singer, vocal coach & community project leader who graduated with a degree in Jazz. She has spent the last 15 years teaching and singing in a variety of interesting Projects as a soloist and ensemble singer working with a number of well-known musicians including Imogen Heap, Bellatrix, Jarvis Cocker and Nao, also making a name for herself in the beatbox and a’cappella circles with her former band the Boxettes. Specialising in an array styles including jazz, gospel, afro-groove and pop, Yvette has performed the world over and is currently developing her own project.

Current Projects

Wayout TV Partnership

Throughout 2021 we continue to support music-making in prisons through a new partnership with WayoutTV, a TV channel broadcast directly to the rooms of residents. Our new series sees professional artists introducing themselves and their crafts to residents living in 50 prisons nationwide, including HMP Warren Hill. Watch the videos here.

2020 Vision

In spite of regime changes and restrictions, residents at HMP Warren Hill continued to embrace creativity in all its forms throughout 2020.

2020 Vision is a virtual exhibition celebrating the work created by the residents throughout the year, along with archive recordings from recent music projects.

This programme is kindly supported by:

The Britten Pears Arts Criminal Justice Circle (a group of generous individuals)

The Nichol Young Foundation