About us

At Soundabout, we believe that everyone should access and experience music. Our mission is to use music, sound, and silence to create opportunities where learning Disabled people with complex support needs thrive.

To achieve this, we offer a wide variety of music-making opportunities where children, young people and adults can thrive. We focus on what individuals CAN do and follow their lead.

We also run training and provide resources for families, schools, care providers, and other organisations to enable them to use Soundabout techniques in everyday life.

For more visit www.soundabout.org.uk

Little Soundabout and Soundabout Life


Little Soundabout and Soundabout Life have been made possible thanks to our generous funders Global’s Make Some Noise, Youth Music, and the Tambour Foundation.


Adam Ockelford is Director of the Applied Music Research Centre at the University of Roehampton in London. He has spent the last four decades developing a theory of how music makes sense to us all, without the need for specialist knowledge or education, and he uses this theory to inform his daily engagement with children and young people across the spectrum of ability and need. He has written over 20 books and regularly lectures all over the world. His TED talk with the musical savant Derek Paravicini (with whom he has worked for 35 years), In the Key of Genius, can be found at www.ted.com. Adam has been a Trustee of Soundabout for over 20 years.


Victoria Furze is an illustrator, author and arts educator. She graduated from Cambridge School of Art with an MA in Illustration in 2019, since then, she has continued to work on projects as an author and illustrator. She lives in Oxfordshire and also teaches drawing and illustration.  Find Victoria online at www.victoriafurze.com

Producer – Soundabout Music Tracks

Jon Cohen is a UK based record producer, arranger and composer. He is mainly known for work in the classical crossover field, having achieved 15 Number One classical albums, 17 Brit Nominations and a Grammy Nomination, and having sold over four million records. Jon is very proud of his association with Soundabout.

Hannah Davey – singer

Hannah sings both classical music and jazz around the UK and Europe, performing as a soloist with orchestras, choirs and ensembles including the Derek Paravicini Quartet. Hannah loves to be in the recording studio and is lucky to have worked with inspiring musicians and friends throughout her career. She originally recorded the Tuning In songs for The Amber Trust, to whom grateful acknowledgement is made, and she is now thrilled to be part of the innovative development of these resources in the Soundabout Music Tracks project.