Inclusive Choir

Whilst we are all managing social distancing, the amazing Soundabout Inclusive Choir is now being run virtually. Please email choir@soundabout.org.uk for more information.

For those of you that might have missed it, here is the BBC News feature by Fergal Keane about how our fantastic Soundabout Inclusive Choir has moved to a virtual platform:

If you feel able to make a donation to help us to continue to deliver our services during this very challenging time, please click here: 

https://www.justgiving.com/soundabout

We were also featured on the front page of BBC News online with a different version of the feature!

Soundabout launched its first inclusive choir in Oxford on the 3rd March 2019. The ‘Pop-Up’ Choir meets at the North Oxford Association Community Centre and is open for all people of all abilities to sing, make music and perform together – the choir is fully inclusive and accessible.

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 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. 

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. Or download a poster with all this year’s dates on it here. It’s free to attend with the option of making a suggested £5 donation.

 

It is directed by Sophia Nicholls, whose son Matthew lives with a profound learning disability, and Soundabout Practitioner Emma Hughes, accompanied by pianist Martin Pickett. Jericho Singers choir director Steph Pirrie mentors the choir team.

This exciting initiative was made possible thanks to the support of staff, parents and pupils of Christ Church Cathedral School, who are 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 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. 

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!

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Sophia Nicholls
Choir Leader

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