The Prince of Wales sees the work of the Prison Choir Project

The Prince of Wales visited Dartmoor Prison today to watch a performance by participants of the Prison Choir Project.

The project aims to find a way to rehabilitate prisoners, ex-offenders and people experiencing mental disorder through opera, song and choral music.

The participants were joined by professional performance artists for the show, which included songs from Bizet's Carmen and finished with a rendition of ‘Do You Hear The People Sing’ from ‘Les Miserables’.

Adam Green, the founder of the Prison Choir Project, said the project was a wonderful experience for the prisoners.

The professional musician said that it was a "huge honour" to perform in front of The Prince of Wales and show what they were doing in prisons, which was "an unusual environment to hear Carmen the opera".

Of the prisoners' talents, Mr Green said: "They can really sing, they really can.

"I think they would stand up against any professional chorus."

More than 400 prisoners and prison staff have engaged with the project's work to date, including an opera in Dartmoor and further programmes in HMP Kirkham and HMP Drake Hall.

After the performance, His Royal Highness had the opportunity to meet those who took part and spoke to one of the inmates involved in the facility's garden project.