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A song for 21 Prescot Street

Monday, 4 November

The College has been based at its new east London headquarters for a month. Over the last few weeks, the new building has hosted many large meetings - including the London Division's Academic Event and AGM - and we are delighted with the positive feedback we've received from members.

Indeed, some members have been so enthused by the College's big move from Belgrave Square to Prescot Street that they were inspired to write a song - which we're delighted to share with you below.

Drs Theodoros Bargiotas (piano), Phil Davison, Chris Fear and David McDonald comprise 'Sang Freud' - a four-piece band that got together as a result of “entertainments” that were put on after the Divisional Chairs and Managers meeting at the International Congress each summer. They arrange existing songs to provide a comic and off-beat take on topical issues in psychiatry and the College. 

In summer 2013, Sang Freud were invited to perform at the conference dinner during the International Congress in Edinburgh. They penned the lyrics to this song, 'A College of Delights', and set it to 'A Transport of Delight' by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.



The song was a great hit at the Congress and in this video (produced and directed by Bethan Fear),  Sang Freud perform their song again for our enjoyment. If you haven't visited 21 Prescot Street yet, please pop in - we hope you agree with Sang Freud that it is a "second home" and an excellent place to "rest your weary feet".

If you would like to post a comment on the Prescot Street blog, please email the Website Manager, who'll be happy to upload it for you.


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Re: A song for 21 Prescot Stre
This is hilarious! Pretty apt name for the group as well don't you think. It's also nice to inject a note of humour into a serious discipline. This could do a lot towards making people realise that psychiatrists can be fun too! I especially like the phrase that "art by masters with mental health problems" should be mentioned - which could be interpreted that mental health shouldn't be discriminated against or hidden but included.This feeling is airily sung in a very matter of fact manner. Just wish I'd heard the real thing! Maybe one day...Good for them! Brilliant.

Diane Goslar

Re: A song for 21 Prescot Stre
I loved this song at the Congress and was very flattered to get a mention. I hope this talented group will return to another College event.
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About this blog

The Royal College of Psychiatrists purchased the freehold of 21 Prescot Street E1 in January 2013.

The College plans to move into the new building during the autumn. This blog charts the progress of the ambitious refurbishment programme, from design and planning right through to construction and the final move.