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Peyroux plays Endell Street

September 26 2009
Jazz singer visits St Mungo hostel as part of the charity‘s birthday celebrations French-American jazz artist Madeleine Peyroux broke off her world tour on 15th April to visit St Mungo's Endell Street hostel in Covent Garden, London, as part of the charity's 40th birthday celebrations. The smoky-voiced singer lent her support to the organisation's clients, who participate in the training programme based in the recently refurbished hostel's recording studio. Peyroux jammed on several songs with the St Mungo's musicians, including her own single 'Instead' and songs composed by St Mungo's resident Steve. Alpheous Little, St Mungo's social enterprise manager, said: "We were absolutely delighted to welcome Madeleine as the first internationally-renowned musician to visit our studio and our clients. It was an extremely successful and enjoyable afternoon. "Many of our Endell Street residents, and other homeless people in Camden who use the studio, are passionate about music. As well as having a therapeutic, cultural and social function, it's an amazing way of helping clients create a sense of possibility and hope for the future." St Mungo's clients receive training in music skills, including composing and recording, which encourages their creativity while developing transferable skills that can help them advance into further training and voluntary or paid work. Matt Catlow, music production trainer at St Mungo's, said: "At the moment we have about six homeless men and women working with us in the studio towards an accredited qualification. In future, we hope to introduce an element of social enterprise to the project - local bands will have the opportunity to book studio time at a subsidised rate while our clients engineer and mix the sessions. This will give our clients a feel for what it is like to work in a professional recording environment while also creating a level of sustainability for the project."