Soundabout Inclusive Choirs

About the Soundabout Inclusive Choirs

The Soundabout Inclusive Choirs are musical communities without barriers for people all ages and all abilities, with a focus on giving a voice to people with severe and profound learning disabilities. 

Soundabout launched its first Inclusive Choir in Oxford, 2019. 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 have created a regular opportunity for people of all ages with learning difficulties to collaborate within the thriving community of Oxford and beyond.

We've gone virtual!

During 2020 and 2021 the choirs have continued to meet and sing together on Zoom, and five new choirs have been established. There are now groups in Bristol, Leicester, Peterborough, Oxford, the West Midlands and Wiltshire, run in partnership with Leicester-Shire Music Hub, MAC Makes Music, Peterborough Music Hub and Wiltshire Music Connect, supported by the Arts Council.

There is no cost to being part of the choirs, as we want to ensure that everyone can take part in this project. If you or someone you know might be interested in joining a Soundabout Inclusive Choir, find out more and register on the individual choir pages.

Youth Choirs

Birmingham

Under 25s: Alternate Saturday mornings

Coventry

Under 25s: Alternate Saturday mornings

Oxford Youth

Under 25s: Alternate Saturdays at 3:30pm

Peterborough

Under 18s: Alternate Saturdays at 11am

Sandwell

Under 25s: Alternate Saturday mornings

Solihull

Under 25s: Alternate Saturday mornings

West Midlands

Under 25s: Alternate Saturdays at 11am

Wiltshire

Under 18s: Alternate Sundays at 4.45pm 

Worcestershire

Under 25s: Alternate Saturday mornings

Choirs for All Ages

West of England

Alternate Sundays at 11am

Leicestershire

Alternate Saturdays at 12pm

Oxford (and beyond!)

Alternate Sundays at 3:30pm

See us in action!

Meet our members!

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

This exciting initiative has been made possible thanks to the support of staff, parents and pupils of Christ Church Cathedral School, who raised funds for Soundabout across 2018-2019. The inclusive choir’s inaugural performance took place at the Christ Church Cathedral as part of an evening of chamber music organised by the Christ Church Cathedral School. Performances by the Choir, Derek Paravacini, students from the Christ Church College and Christ Church Cathedral School resulted in rapturous applause from the audience.