A Team Triumph at the Koestler Awards

‘Window’, a remote musical collaboration between dBs students and staff, dbs-i, dBs Pro and Langdon Hospital, has won 8 awards at the 2020 Koestler Awards. 

Initiated during the UK’s first national lockdown,  ‘Window’ explores the use of music production as part of Langdon Hospital’s rehabilitation program with NHS staff worker Matt Smith.

Langdon Hospital (Devon Partnership NHS Trust) supports men from the South West of England who, as a consequence of mental illness, have had contact with the legal system and require the sort of physical containment and security that ordinary hospitals cannot provide. 

With Matt unable to move freely through the hospital due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, recording artists - including dBs students, alumni and staff - were invited to remix tracks produced by Langdon patients based on the theme ‘Window’.


One of these remixes, ‘Train of thought’ produced by dBs graduate Toby Lewis, received the highest recognition from the Koestler judging panel – the Platinum Award. Students Raf Bijan, Gareth Kirby and Louis Marcell all received Commended Awards for tracks they mixed and/or remixed, as did tutor Liam Omullane. The project as a whole also picked up a Bronze Award.

The Koestler Awards are run by prison arts charity the Koestler Trust. Each year the Trust award and give feedback to over 3,000 people submitting work across over 50 categories of Fine Art, Craft and Design, Performance and Audio, Film and Animation and Writing. The judging panel includes leading names in the arts and creative industries.

Read more about Window or listen to the tracks produced as part of the project here.

Find out more about dbs-i and dBs Pro.

Interested in making and remixing tracks? Why not check out our Electronic Music Production diploma and degree programmes?

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