Inclusive Choir – West of England

A musical community without barriers!

The West of England Soundabout Inclusive Choir (formerly the Bristol Choir) is run in partnership with the West of England Music Alliance (North Somerset Music Service, South Gloucestershire Music Hub and BANES Music Service and Music Education Hub) and 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 other vocal noises
  • 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. 

Get Involved!

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 11am-12pm. We have online and hybrid (in person and online) sessions.

Our face to face rehearsals take place at Little Stoke Primary School,  Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, BS34 6HY.

Face to face not for you? Don’t worry, you can access all our rehearsals online.

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!

 
 
 
 

Emma

Ellen (choir intern)

See the choir in action!

Magic moments

Our members share why they love being part of the Soundabout Inclusive Choir:

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs.

Thanks to MYCOOL Music Foundation, The Bramble Charitable Trust, The Lalonde Trust, Paradigm Norton Trust, Basil Brown Charitable Trust and VWV Charitable Trust for supporting the choir.