Adam Ockelford at a piano


Prof Adam Ockelford – Trustee

Adam Ockelford is Professor of Music and Director of the Applied Music Research Centre at the University of Roehampton, London. His research focus is on music psychology, in particular, the development of special musical abilities and needs – areas about which he has written widely and lectures all over the world. He continues to work with children with a range of abilities and disabilities every week, as he has done for the last 35 years. He was Director of Education at the RNIB for a number of years and has been a Trustee of Soundabout for two decades.

John Hall – Trustee

John Hall is a founding trustee of Soundabout, he has dedicated the past 20 years to help develop, raise awareness and fundraise for the charity. His tireless support and that of his family comes after a long and successful career in banking. John and his wife Sarah host an annual open day at their beautiful farm near Reading to help raise funds for Soundabout.

Danielle Harker – Trustee

Danielle graduated in English and Creative Studies and has singing experience with a number of choirs over the years. She now works in Events and Marketing in London. Danielle has known Soundabout since it began as her sister was one of the original participants 20 years ago and they both still attend as often as possible. Both Danielle and Lydia competed in 2016 Parallel London event and raised over £2000.

Mark Richards – Trustee

Mark won an open scholarship to read music at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth studying with Professor David Wulstan. Mark then went onto successfully complete an MMus in Theory and Analysis at King’s College, London, supervised by Professor Arnold Whittall. Further research in the music of Webern continued at Cardiff University. Mark has tutored at several universities, but his main focus has been school teaching. At present he is Deputy Head – Academic at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham. An independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18; Mark also teaches A Level Music at Queen Anne’s. Mark is an experienced school inspector and A Level and IB music examiner; he has also written several books and articles associated with A Level Music. When away from school leadership and music, Mark enjoys North Devon coastal walks with his wife, Claire and their three golden retrievers, Paddington, Bertie and Monty!

Emily Newsome – Trustee
Emily graduated in English and has since worked in various marketing and copywriting roles.  She now works in marketing for a publishing company and also recently completed a qualification in digital marketing.  She is passionate about the use of music as a form of communication and enjoys attending concerts and musical events, both with and outside of Soundabout.  

Kate Pattinson – Trustee

Kate worked as a primary school teacher in and around Oxford for forty years, specialising in the acquisition of reading, and with a special interest in teaching music to young children. Her interest in Soundabout came about through her close relationship with her autistic grandson, seeing the important role that music played in his life, and in his understanding and communication.

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