Adam Ockelford at a piano

Soundabout welcomes new trustees and says goodbye to old friends

Soundabout is delighted to welcome four new trustees, Yogesh Dattani, Kathryn Jennings, Ceri Thomson and Nathan Waddington, to the charity’s board. The trustees will help refresh the charity’s strategy to unlock the potential of people with severe and profound learning disabilities through music, ensuring the traditional Soundabout multi-sensory approach remains at the heart of our work, while further developing the innovative online services and support networks established during the pandemic.

After over 23 years as Chair of Soundabout, Professor Adam Ockelford has now stepped down from leading the organisation, and will be replaced by Nathan Waddington for an interim period. We are grateful for his years of service and commitment to improving the lives of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities through music.

Building on the inspiration of founder-trustee Ann Brown, during Ockelford’s two decades at the helm of Soundabout, the charity pioneered child-centred techniques of sound and music-making, and, through a nationally acclaimed training programme, ensured that this approach became embedded in the curricula of an estimated 80% of special schools for children with learning difficulties across the UK.

Equally radical was Soundabout’s philosophy that all adults can engage through sound and music with their pupils with complex needs, and this thinking culminated in ‘Little Soundabout’ and ‘Soundabout Life’: innovative services for families with children with profound learning difficulties that are changing lives through music.

We also say goodbye and a huge thank you to trustees Danielle Harker and Kate Pattinson for all they have done to take Soundabout forward over more recent years.