Inclusive Choir – Oxford
A musical community without barriers!
The Oxford Soundabout Inclusive Choir welcomes people of all ages and abilities and their families.
The choir celebrates that everyone has their own way of sharing their voice. Here are a few examples of ways you could join in:
- Using Makaton Signing
- Singing or vocalisations
- Making sounds with an instrument or sound maker
- Using technology e.g. an iPad or EyeGaze
- Movement and dance
By welcoming all voices we aim to be as inclusive as possible, and actively try to remove barriers to participation from those with severe and profound learning disabilities.
The choir sings songs chosen by members and occasionally writes their own songs. Every piece of music is designed so that members can be involved in their own way.
The choir is free to join, there are no auditions, and you do not need to be able to read music notation.
The choir meets on alternate Sundays at 3.30pm-4:30pm. We have online and face to face sessions.
Our face to face rehearsals take place at the Centre for Music, Bayswater Rd, Oxford OX3 9FF.
Face to face not for you? Don’t worry, all our sessions are accessible online through our hybrid approach.
Meet the choir leaders
Emma is a fully 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 experience 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 world playing the bass for other artists.
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!
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.