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Beatrice has been working with Drake Music as a Musical Inclusion Practitioner and Manager in London since 2018. She designs and delivers on projects and trainings with paired music education HUBS and the wider musical community.
She is the Music Leader for the London branch of the National Open Youth Orchestra, the worlds first disabled led orchestra hosted at Barbican Guildhall. Bea is a practitioner for the charity Soundabout and the Amber Trust delivering sessions and trainings.
A dedicated chamber musician, Bea plays oboe with the award-winning reed trio, Trio Volant. They perform at venues across the country and were Making Music selected (2018-19).
Becca graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2018 with a BMus Hons. Although the French horn was her primary focus, she had a developing interest in providing music for communities and people with additional needs. Becca has been part of the Soundabout team for just over a year and has loved every aspect of it so far.
Belle joined the Soundabout inclusive choir team in January 2020 & since November has been an intern. She co-runs the Emerging leaders group, where she has the privilege of supporting 6 members of the choir within small group sessions, helping to develop confidence, performance skills & leadership. Belle loves getting to know all of our choir members & having fun with everyone.
Ed Davies has been a community music and arts practitioner since 2002. He began his career at renowned Theatre in education company Zip Theatre, where he worked for 11 years delivering bespoke music workshops for a wide variety of organisations in mainstream and S.E.N settings.
After co-delivering the successful Our Music project with Will Taggart, which bought together young people from mainstream and SEN schools to make music and break down barriers, he was asked to join the Soundabout team as a practitioner in 2019. He now teaches weekly sessions for Soundabout in Sherbourne fields school in Coventry, as well as online sessions for access to Music and Soundabout Live TV.
Eleanor has worked in schools for nearly 20 years using music to interact & communicate with children & young people who have complex needs, supporting staff as well as working across the age range from 3-19. She has worked on projects ranging from setting up ‘Soundbaths’ to festivals of music and dance & more focused projects with musicians from organizations such as Britten Sinfonia and Beat This.
Eleanor is a freelance music practitioner based near Peterborough. She has recently joined Soundabout and co-leads the Peterborough based inclusive choir. Eleanor has a B.A. in Music and Education, an MA in the Creative Arts in education & a PGCE in Early Years.
Ellen is studying towards a masters in music at Oxford University. Since being a member of the National Open Youth Orchestra, she has had a passion for inclusivity in music & enjoys volunteering with community music groups in Oxford. Some of these include leading singing workshops in prisons, playing in hospitals & creating songs with people with dementia. She started volunteering with Soundabout Inclusive Choir in 2020 and loves the charity & its values. Ellen became an intern later in the year and particularly enjoys working with the emerging leaders in mentoring sessions!
Emma is a full qualified music therapist and multi-instrumentalist. She joined Soundabout in 2019 and now helps to co-ordinate and direct the inclusive choirs. She has a broad range of experiences using music and working with different groups of people such as adults with acute mental health difficulties, young people with cancer, children with SEMH & SEN, and elderly people diagnosed with dementia. She holds an MA in Music Therapy, BMus in Music Performance and a PGCert in Music and Special needs. Although a multi-instrumentalist, Emma is a bass guitarist at heart and has been lucky enough to travel the world playing the bass for other artists.
Gennie is a music facilitator and freelance clarinettist and bass clarinettist. She currently works as the Assistant Curriculum Manager, Early Years and SEN/D Manager for Southwark Music Service, running and delivering Early Years Music programmes as well as co-ordinating the SEN/D provision across the borough. Alongside this, she works as a Music Practitioner for The Amber Trust. Gennie also works as a Little Soundabout and Soundabout Life Practitioner. She also runs workshops and other education programmes on a freelance basis, recently working with Yardarm Folk Orchestra and Under1Roof.
Georgie graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2019 with a music degree & a desire to work in music education and community music. During university, she volunteered with a playscheme for children with additional needs & wanted to combine this work with her love of music.
After graduation, she became a part of the Soundabout family as a music intern, and began the PGCert in Music and Special Needs (Sounds of Intent).
Isabel first joined Soundabout in 2013, initially as an Intern and then becoming a fully-fledged Soundabout practitioner in 2014.
Isabel has experience of running interactive music sessions for people across the age span with complex needs in both community settings and schools.
As well as working for Soundabout, Isabel also works as a music practitioner, Music Therapist and project coordinator for other arts and health organisations. She holds an MA in Music Therapy, PGCert in Music and Special Needs, MMus in Ethnomusicology & a BMus in Music.
Karen graduated as a mature student from the University of Birmingham on the flute in July 2018. During her time at university Karen volunteered for the Coventry Alzheimer’s Society Singing for the Brain group & Melody Music Birmingham. During the end of her final year Karen gained an internship with the charity and joined the Soundabout family. She then went on to complete her PGCert in music and special needs in 2019. Her interest in music & disabilities comes from the love of her uncle who had additional learning needs and was quite the one man band with his keyboard and harmonica!
Lauren graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire on the French horn & then completed her PGCert in Music and Special Needs: Sounds of intent in 2017. When studying for her A Levels it was suggested to Lauren that she volunteered with Y-Not Arts, a charity in Northampton that provide music, dance & drama to children and young people with additional needs. Lauren has since volunteered with other organisations to gain insight into this work & is very keen to learn all things Soundabout!
Martin grew up playing guitar, singing & dabbling with piano, bass & songwriting. Apart from a guitar teaching, Martin had not worked professionally with music until he became fascinated with the incredibly moving impact of familiar songs on a friend with dementia in 2018, when he was also looking for ‘something more’ in his career.
He discovered Soundabout and Sounds of Intent, completing the PG-Cert in Music and Special Needs 2018-19. Since, Martin has been working part-time with Soundabout in a school setting, loves the opportunity to bring ‘sonic sunshine’ into the lives of many amazing children & is very happy to be part of the brilliant Soundabout team!
Matthew studied piano & flute at Anglia Ruskin University, Colcheter Institute. He completed the EPTA Piano Teachers Course and PGCert Sounds of Intent with Soundabout in 2013-14. Matthew also has a UCERT (Autism Spectrum) with the University of Birmingham.
When working in China, he helped to establish an early intervention centre for children with Autism, delivering music sessions and also training local music teachers.
He now continues to work with other charities and his local music service, focused on working with children with autism & complex needs. He delivers in-school training, multi-sensory, early years & Sounds of Intent training with Soundabout.
Pete Ord is a Producer, Musician and Educator based in the East of England. A Community musician for the over 5 years Pete trained with acclaimed arts company Whitewood and Fleming and has experience working with SEND, Looked After Children, Youth Offenders, PRU & Vulnerable Adults. Specialising in assistive music technologies & songwriting Pete uses aspects of both in all his creative work. Having completed a PGCert in Music and Special Needs in 2014 Pete delivers creative sessions, as well as training for Soundabout focused on creative pupil lead music making often incorporating Skoog, Soundbeam & iPads.
Sadie is passionate about supporting development & unlocking potential through music, & recently completed the PGCert in Sounds of Intent.
Sadie works with organisations to facilitate interactive music sessions & residencies in special schools, family homes, hospitals, care homes & community settings (mostly online at the moment!). She also teaches piano & guitar & leads primary school choirs.
Sadie also has a Masters in Songwriting & has written, recorded & produced two albums & toured these at gigs and festivals across the UK. Her songs have been played on local, national & international radio stations, including BBC Radio 6 Music.
experience of working with youngsters &
adults with a range of abilities & disabilities. He was based at an all-age special school in Coventry for 22 years & has worked in many other special & mainstream schools, social education centres, care homes, colleges & private homes. connecting
with the people behind their disability using song, movement, music technologies, sensory based activities, interactions with sound, sound stories & musical expression. – improvising where the moment & feel of the situation require it. He has been assessed as an Outstanding teacher by Ofsted.
Steve Pratley has over 20 years experience of working in the areas of creativity, music and communication in Special Needs Education. He has been a Soundabout practitioner since its formation in 1998. Steve is also co-director of Flash of Splendour Arts, a community arts organisation which specialises in creating ground-breaking exhibitions with young people with autism and learning disabilities, and a trustee of the Exuberant Trust which assists young Oxfordshire musicians and creative artists. Steve undertook the PGCert in Music and Special Needs during 2016/17.
As one of the founding members of Soundabout, for the past 20 years, Sue has been instrumental in developing and sustaining Soundabout’s mission to use music and sound to provide opportunities for self-expression for all people with physical disabilities as well as various complex needs across the age span, including sensory disabilities. Her particular interest is in providing for those with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and with Autism (ASD). She has also just completed a PG Certificate in Sounds of Intent and taken part in researching musical development in young children in children’s centres across the country.
Will has been working for 10 years as a music teacher in both Mainstream and Special Education and performing in professional bands on Bass Guitar and Saxophone. Currently working in a primary setting for children with Social Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties Will is the Creative Arts Lead providing 1 to 1 and group sessions. Will gained an internship with the charity in early 2015 working on the national launch of the Sounds of Intent in the Early Years project. He then received a sponsorship by Soundabout to complete the PGCert Music and Special Needs: ‘Sounds of Intent’. Now Will is part of the Sounds of Intent in the Early Years team and has developed the Sounds Modern project with Pete Ord.