The Five-O Band Project (FOB) were in attendance at our launch event in October and had the honour of being the first band to perform live in the House of Lords' Peers' Dining Room. As well as performing, they also supported coverage of the event through social media, video and photography.
Representing the FOB at the event were: Assistant Producer, Pembe Tokluhan; Bassist, PC Alexander Liutai; Guitarist, Human Rights Lawyer, Alex Cooray; Soul Singer, Aysia Edwards; and Grime MC, Shivz. The musicians provided positive, uplifting songs, which were especially written for the evening, singing interpretations of R Kelly's ‘Happy People’ and Keni Burke's ‘Rising to the Top’. Technical production for the event was sponsored by the Metropolitan Police Service and provided by RG Jones Sound Engineers.
The FOB is a groundbreaking music collaboration between young people and MPS Officers. Developed in Hackney, and piloted in areas of London with the country's highest levels of deprivation, it reaches out to young people who are experiencing the most difficult and vulnerable of circumstances. It provides a neutral and engaging environment that breaks down barriers, challenges misconceptions, dispels negative stereotypes, increases mutual trust and confidence, and enables young people and the police to build positive relationships together.
The programme is championed by MPS Commanders Mak Chisthy, Sultan Taylor, Rob Revell and Tony Nash. Their support, along with that of the Passion Project, helps facilitate cross-sector partnerships that enable the FOB to provide its young people with a range of personal development and vocational learning programmes. This also includes the opportunity to perform at great venues, such as: Portcullis House, Hackney Empire, City Hall, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and those across the MPS Community Engagement network.
Of their performance on the night various attendants said:
“A great achievement.” – Kevin Everett, Chairman, Milestone Foundation
“A real noticeable rise in confidence across the group.” – Chris Moore, RG Jones Sound Engineers
“[The] guys were great and the residents really enjoyed it.” – Carol-Ann McArdle, One Housing Group