Sounds Sparkly: Soundabout Choir Concert

December 2023: This festive event involved choir members from the Oxford & Beyond choir and Gloucestershire choir. We sang some of our choir favourites and performed ‘Sparkle with Soundabout’ for the first time!

The event was brilliantly hosted by Soundabout’s Graduate Emerging Leaders. Thank you to everyone who took part!

You can still watch the highlights video of the concert!

Screenshot of the video, sparkle with Soundabout
A second screenshot of the video showing a young person playing wind chimes along side a parent/carer

World Premiere of ‘Sparkle with Soundabout’

On Thursday 7th December 2023, our brand new song was shared! Everyone who took part in the recording was invited to the exclusive online premiere. The evening was a resounding success: breath-taking, emotional, and very sparkly!

‘Sparkle with Soundabout’ was written by Rebecca Devereux and some of the Soundabout Graduate Emerging Leaders. The video features performances from around 20 choirs and music groups!

You can watch the Sparkle With Soundabout video here.

Great Barn Festival Performance!

On 24th September, 2023 members of the Oxford & Beyond Soundabout Choir, Gloucestershire Soundabout Choir and Worcestershire choir performed at the Great Barn Festival.

They performed Reach for the Stars, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You as well as the Hello and Goodbye songs. It was a fantastic event with lots of audience participation. We enjoyed looking around the Festival stalls and listening to the other performers too!

Gloucester Choir Perform in the Three Choirs Festival

On 29th July 2023 the Gloucestershire Choir and members from Worcester, West of England & Oxford Soundabout choirs performed at the Three Choirs Festival. They performed ‘Here Comes the Sun’, ‘We Will Rock You’ as well as other choir favourites! There were smiles all round.

Well done to all choir members! It was such a joyful sound!

Zoom screenshot with choir members smiling. The word 'congratulations' is on top of the photo

West Midlands Choir Celebrate Award for Excellence in SEND

July 2023 Exciting news! Our West Midlands Inclusive Choir won the ‘Excellence in SEND’ award. This was at the Music and Drama Education Awards 2023.

Huge thanks to all our amazing partners who make the choir possible: MAC Makes MusicMidlands Arts Centre – MACServices For EducationCoventry MusicSIPS Education – Music & ArtsSolihull Music Hub and ServiceSevern Arts

Photos of choir members performing in a tent. The words 'over £2500 raised' on top of the photo

Soundabout Choir Success at Chalkhouse Green Farm Fundraiser

June 2023 We had a wonderful time last weekend at our Summer Fundraiser! In the beautiful setting of Chalk House Green Farm, the Soundabout choir entertained guests all afternoon.  

We were also treated to some spontaneous singalongs led by choir members! From Frank Sinatra to Fireman Sam, everyone performed brilliantly and lots of the visitors joined in with singing and soundmakers! There were smiles all round from visitors as they heard the music-making, and we enjoyed sharing information about Soundabout on our stall.

As well as listening to music, visitors could meet animals on the farm, swim in the outside pool and enjoy tractor rides! The event raised over £2500 for Soundabout! Thank you very much to all the team at the farm and our fantastic choir members for making the day such a success! 

Group photo of soundabout choir members with the Body percussion ensemble

Sheldonian Theatre Success

23rd March 2023 Soundabout’s Oxford and Beyond Choir performed as special guests in a concert at The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. We were invited to join The Body Percussion Ensemble who were touring the UK and had travelled all the way from Japan. It was a brilliant evening as summed up by one of the Choir Participants: “I should just congratulate everyone involved in the most brilliant, life-affirming concert we have ever, ever been to!

Choir members performing in a group
group of choir members performing

Meningitis Now Concert

On the 2nd December 2022 the Worcestershire and Gloucestershire Soundabout Inclusive Choirs performed at Gloucester Cathedral. The choirs were invited by the charity Meningitis Now to perform at their annual fundraising concert. The choirs opened with the ‘hello song’ and later performed ‘It’s Alright’ and ‘Little Drummer Boy’. 

The concert was sold out so the choirs performed to 800 audience members plus 150 Rock Choir members and the talented pupils from Highnam C of E Primary Academy. The choir wowed the audience and offered an interactive performance that got everyone singing!

Photo of Emma and Sam in front to the Museum display

The Soundabout Choirs featured in Turn It Up: The Power of Music at the Manchester Science and Industry Museum.

Emma and Sam were featured as part of the exhibition at the Manchester Science and Industry Museum which explores the science of music’s mysterious hold over us and how it drives us to create, perform, feel and share. They went to Manchester to the special launch night and had a wonderful time. The exhibition will be in Manchester until May 2023 then touring around the UK and further a field for the next 5 years!

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The soundabout team on a red carpet at the youth music awards

West Midlands Choir Nominated for Youth Music Award 2022!

We are thrilled that the Soundabout West Midlands Choir were nominated for the Youth Music Outstanding Project Award! A few members from the team as well as graduated emerging leader Anna all attended the event in London and a great evening was had by all.

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Winner banner for the Wiltshire Music Education Awards 2022

Wiltshire Inclusive Music Award 2022 – Emma Hughes (Soundabout)

Emma, from the Soundabout choir team, won the Wiltshire Inclusive Music Award 2022 for her work with the Wiltshire Choir.

“It was clear how much you go above and beyond in all you do to create innovative and inclusive pathways for everyone to make music”.