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The Lisa Lashes School of Music is proud to be partnered with the Northamptonshire CIRV team (Community Initiative to Reduce Violence) to bring a first-of-its-kind academic embedded music program tackling Knife Crime, Gangs and Violence to our streets by giving our next generation a choice of alternative pathways, better choices and thought processes.

After a chance meeting with Inspector Daryl Lyons at The Platform venue in Northampton in 2018, we realised that by working with like-minded people, we can make a difference and substantial change in the community.

The CIRV program gives learners a way out by offering jobs and opportunities into the Night-Time Industries with our preferred partners NTIA (Night Time Industries Association) with our bespoke course written to find the strengths and weaknesses of each individual, whether in a music medium or in a creative hub full of industry professionals and tutors with a wealth of knowledge, happy to guide individuals to follow their dreams.

We have already experienced the way Music and Education can enrich a young mind, while giving learners the chance to build themselves as better characters and make better choices.

By integrating our learners and asking them to leave all preconceptions at the door, we have witnessed rival gang members coming together in the studio, writing lyrics, rapping, MCing, and collaborating on tracks in our music production lessons, where they have to work as a team to make the music work.

Check out Deborah Hewitt’s story!

Powerful video from the students at LLSOM, what they have learned, and how the LLSOM program has helped them make better choices and build the dreams and aspirations they deserve.