Soundabout Inclusive Choir

Soundabout Inclusive Choir

Soundabout launched its first inclusive choir in Oxford on the 3rd March 2019. The ‘Pop-Up’ Choir in central Oxford is open for all people of all abilities to sing, make music and perform together.

Following on from the success of their inclusive ‘jamming session’ for BBC Music Day 2018 at Didcot Parkway Station. 

Working with Steph Pirrie of the Jericho Singers, Soundabout have 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.

The choir meets at the North Oxford Association Community Centre. All abilities are welcome, and anyone can drop in – the choir is fully inclusive and accessible. It is directed by Sophia Nicholls Soundabout Programme Manager – whose son Matthew lives with a profound learning disability, supported by Steph. Pianist and choir team member Martin Pichettet.
We’re so excited to be running this new initiative which we hope will build a community of support around families living with a disability, increasing our reach to people with disabilities who could benefit from the opportunities to make music and make positive connections. Everybody is welcome!

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 or just turn up on the day. Dates of the sessions can be found here. It’s free to attend with the option of making a suggested £5 donation. 

This exciting new initiative has been made possible thanks to the support of staff, parents and pupils of Christ Church Cathedral school, who are raising funds for Soundabout across 2018/2019. The Inclusive choir’s inaugural performance took place at the Christ Church Cathedral as part the evening of chamber music concert organised by the Christ Church Cathedral school. Performance 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.