Inclusive Choir – Oxford

Soundabout launched its first inclusive choir in Oxford on the 3rd March 2019. The ‘Pop-Up’ Choir meets at the North Oxford Association Community Centre* and is open for all people of all abilities to sing, make music and perform together – the choir is fully inclusive and accessible.

Following on from the success of their inclusive ‘jamming session’ for BBC Music Day 2018 at Didcot Parkway Station and working with Steph Pirrie of the Jericho Singers, Soundabout created a regular opportunity for people of all ages with learning disabilities to collaborate with the thriving community of Oxford. The choir runs each month on a Sunday afternoon*. 

Our Oxford choir is directed by Sophia Nicholls, whose son Matthew lives with a profound learning disability, and Soundabout Practitioner Emma Hughes, accompanied by pianist Martin Pickett. Jericho Singers choir director Steph Pirrie mentors the choir team.

If you are a parent or carer, living with a learning disability yourself, or are a singer who would be interested in getting involved, please email choir@soundabout.org.uk to register your interest. It’s free to join in, with the option of making a suggested £5 donation.

*Whilst we are all managing social distancing, the amazing Soundabout Inclusive Choir is now being run virtually. Please email choir@soundabout.org.uk for more information.


Sophia Nicholls – Choir Leader

Below is a short video filmed and produced by BBC Oxford about Sam, one of our Inclusive Choir members.