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