Olivia Byard

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Freedom from Torture, formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, has been working for 25 years to provide direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in the UK, as well as striving to protect and promote their rights. Since its inception over 50,000 individuals have been referred for help.
The care provided is directed at helping survivors to come to terms with their experiences and find a way to rebuild their lives, usually in incredibly difficult circumstances. Help includes free medical consultation, examination and forensic documentation of injuries for medico-legal reports, psychological treatment, individual therapy, group work and practical help and advice. About 5% of people helped are under the age of 18.
Almost three quarters of the charity’s funding comes from individual supporters and the Oxford support group is one of several around the country which have been set up to recruit more supporters and help raise funds.
There will be an opportunity to make further donations at the end of the concert and we do encourage you to take away some leaflets.

For more information about the Oxford group contact [email protected]
For more information about the charity visit

Freedom from Torture concert

20th April 2013 at St Barnabas Church, Jericho, OX2 6BG

Go to the Audio page to hear a recording of the concert and BBC Oxford interviewing Lesley.

At this concert we sang a lot of the repertoire to be taken on tour to Unterhaching, Germany in May.

Voice Box Choir are known for the wide variety of music they perform and the joy with which they embrace different musical styles. There was music in this concert to suit most tastes, ranging as it did from light-hearted 'standards' and close harmony pieces, to freedom and political songs, touching on a few choral favourites like the 'Cantique de Jean Racine' on the way.

It was a great privilege for us that Olivia Byard appeared as guest poet and read from her work.

Olivia was born in Newport, South Wales, and grew up in the Cotswolds and in Montreal, Canada, where she studied at Queen’s University and the University of Alberta. Her poetry has been published widely in Britain and abroad. Her most recent collection, Strange Horses (Flambard Press, 2011), was cited in The Telegraph by Mark Sanderson as one of the best recent poetry collections. Her first collection, From a Benediction, was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She is just completing her third book of poems. She lives in Witney and is a part-time creative writing tutor in the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.

Click here to go to Olivia's website

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