Soundabout to Launch New Inclusive Pop Up Choir

We are launching a new inclusive and accessible monthly ‘Pop-Up Choir’ in central Oxford welcoming for people of all abilities to sing, make music and perform together.

Following on from the success of our inclusive ‘jamming session’ for BBC Music Day 2018 at Didcot Parkway Station (video can be viewed here), we will be working with Steph Pirrie of the Jericho Singers to create a regular opportunity for people of all ages with learning disabilities to collaborate with the thriving choir community of Oxford.

The choir will be run each month on a Sunday afternoon with the first session taking place on Sunday 3rd March from 3.30 – 5 pm at Wolfson College. All abilities are welcome, and anyone can drop in – the choir will be fully inclusive and accessible. It will be run by Soundabout’s Training Manager Sophia Nicholls, whose son Matthew lives with a profound learning disability, supported by Steph.

This exciting new initiative has been made possible thanks to the support of staff, parents and pupils of Christchurch Cathedral School, who are raising funds for Soundabout across 2018019.

Sophia Nicholls, Soundabout Inclusive Choir Leader said, “We’re so excited to be launching this new initiative which we hope will build a community of support around families living with a disability in the Oxfordshire area, increasing our reach to people with disabilities who could benefit from the opportunities to make music and connect with other disabled children, young people and adults with disabilities, and their families. We would welcome singers of all abilities with open arms.”

If you are a parent or carer, live 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.