25th Anniversary Celebration!

On July 12th we celebrated our 25th birthday with Thomas’ Tea Party; a virtual, inclusive, music ‘festival’ and tea party. The festival was in honour of Thomas Hall, whose parents John and Sarah Hall founded the charity to celebrate his short life.

This year, Thomas’ Tea Party was a virtual event hosted on our Facebook Live page, instead of the usual venue of the Hall’s Chalkhouse Green Farm in Reading. Soundabout is encouraged supporters to host their own, socially distanced, tea parties whilst enjoying the inclusive music festival.

Special guest, actress Jessica Hynes, kicked off proceedings, which included an appearance by the Soundabout Inclusive Choir, as well as acts from various artists and music practitioners throughout the day.

Jessica Hynes, who won a BAFTA award in 2019 for her role as the mum of learning disabled Rosie in the BBC series “There She Goes” said, “I’m very happy to be supporting the Thomas’ Tea Party virtual inclusive music festival to raise awareness of Soundabout, an incredible charity that unlocks the potential of people with severe and profound and multiple learning disabilities, and their families, through music. Many of these families, whose lives are always extremely challenging, have been going through the toughest of times during lockdown, living in survival mode with their usual support structures stripped away. They deal with it in a way that I find admirable, strong, courageous and joyful and Soundabout’s online music sessions have helped to reduce their isolation and create a much-needed sense of belonging during this very difficult time. Come and join the party on Facebook on the 12th July and help celebrate the 25th birthday of this brilliant organisation.”

Clare Cook, CEO of Soundabout said, “Since lockdown began, our music practitioners have worked incredibly hard and creatively to move our interactive, multi-sensory music provision online and reach our participants and their families. What better way to celebrate this – and the last 25 years – than with a virtual music festival! We’re so grateful to all of our patrons, supporters and artists who are making this event possible, and of course to Thomas, the inspiration for the charity.” 


In aid of the special day, a £10 donation is welcomed to support Soundabout’s ongoing work helping individuals to create broader relationships and remove barriers to music making. justgiving.com/campaign/ThomasTeaParty

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The line-up for this fabulous event included lots of exciting performers: