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Meet the Sound Connections team

Our dedicated team work across our specialisms to create high quality musical opportunities for young Londoners, support music practitioners and strengthen the music sector. Read more and get in touch!

Alison Porter

Alison Porter

Programme Manager (she/her)

Alison manages our workforce development strand. She is also the part-time music projects manager at Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service (THAMES) and a freelance creative producer working across the music, arts and education sectors. Previously Alison was the UK project manager for Make Music Day UK, the Executive Producer for Mahogany Opera Group and has worked with organisations including Making Music, Second Movement, Rosetta Life, Spitalfields Music, Royal Holloway University of London, Exaudi and Presteigne Festival. Alison is also a singer and currently sings with London-based vocal collective SOUND and is a trustee of the Lucille Graham Trust.

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Brenda Rattray

Brenda Rattray

Guest curator: Workforce Development Programme (she/her)

Brenda Rattray works internationally as an ‘Educator, expressive artist and empathetic leadership advocate’ and has travelled over 40 countries as a freelance creative artist, performer, and composer.

She has worked as a Choral Animateur, leading expressive workshops and performances and has also toured and run training courses internationally and  in all areas of the community, including schools all over England, Wales and Ireland, for institutions and organisations such as the BBC Symphony and BBC Concert Orchestras, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Institute of Education, and Goldsmiths University where she has been an Associate Lecturer since 2003.

She has performed with numerous bands and performance groups, including the London Community Gospel Choir. Her book, ‘The joy of singing,’ is published by Faber 2008 and she receives commissions to write new music. Her commissions clients include Black Lives Matter and London Youth Choirs. She continues to write and release new material under Voice Expressions, the music school which she founded.

Brenda is an external examiner for Kingston University, and received an ‘Excellence in Education’ award in 2014 for her work with women who suffer domestic violence.

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Emily Perryman

Emily Perryman

Programme Coordinator (she/her)

Emily is a Programme Coordinator at Sound Connections. She coordinates the logistics of Sound Connections events as well as supporting the planning of various aspects of programme, including consultancy, evaluation and Wired4Music projects. She is the first point of contact for general enquiries.

Emily is a music graduate and, as well as performing and composing music, she has a passion for music technology and enjoys digital composition. Whilst at university Emily researched music education and worked in the community to observe and assist with music activity in schools and music hubs. She believes music should be available to all and has a deep understanding of how the arts can benefit an individual, emotionally and physically.

emily@sound-connections.org.uk 

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Helen Evans

Helen Evans

Programme Coordinator (she/her)

Helen Evans is a Programme Coordinator at Sound Connections, and is responsible for coordinating projects for the consultancy programme. She works on a range of evaluation and research projects, with a particular focus on data collection, data analysis and research. She has recently worked on evaluation consultancy projects such as British Council World Voice, National Open Youth Orchestra programmes, Wigmore Hall Learning partner schools programme, and Live Music Now Inspire special schools programme.

helen@sound-connections.org.uk

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Jasmine Padda

Jasmine Padda

Marketing and Communications Coordinator (she/her)

Jasmine Padda is responsible for coordinating marketing and communications for all Sound Connections programmes and services, including Wired4Music.

Prior to joining Sound Connections, Jasmine gained Marketing and Design experience within the Music Education sector, specialising in graphic design and social media, in addition to spending some time assisting and leading music production workshops with young people. With a BA Hons in Design from Goldsmiths University, Jasmine developed multiple design projects surrounding accessibility and innovation within the music sector during her undergraduate studies, including topics such as ‘mothers in music’ and the reality of being an artist in the age of technology.

Jasmine is a practising independent artist, producer, and musician, and having been an active member of Wired4Music since 2019, Jasmine has participated in Generate amongst many other Wired opportunities. As a result, Jasmine has direct experience with and valuable insight into the programmes we provide and is committed to the cause of increasing access and opportunities to music and music education for all.

jasminep@sound-connections.org.uk

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Liz Coomb

Liz Coomb

Programme Manager (she/her)

Liz manages our growing consultancy service, alongside consulting for clients such as English Heritage and Arts Council England.

Liz also specialises in developing and delivering exceptional events, projects and programmes. Over the past decade she has developed & delivered 500+ events, projects & programmes reaching 200,000+ young people working for local, regional and national organisations. Alongside her work at Sound Connections she is also a freelance producer working with the South East Cultural Innovation Forum and Founder/Producer of Wonder Warriors, a social enterprise supporting the wellbeing of women and people affected by Endometriosis and other chronic and gynaecological conditions through music and creativity.

Liz@sound-connections.org.uk

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Philip Flood

Philip Flood

Director (he/him)

Philip Flood has been at Sound Connections since 2010 and is responsible for the overall strategy and governance of the charity. Previously, he was Head of LSO Discovery and prior to this, Education Director for Spitalfields Music and Head of Music and Media at a large inner-London FE college. He is an advisor for the PRS for Music Foundation, sits on the boards of a number of Music Education Hubs, and a Non-Executive Director of PMLL, which is part of the MPA Group.

philip@sound-connections.org.uk

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Tee Peters

Tee Peters

Wired4Music Programme Producer (he/him)

Tee Peters is the Wired4Music Programme Producer developing webinars and producing our events and opportunities. With a background in video production and marketing, he also makes his own music.

Recent singles ‘Seasons’ & ‘Numeracy’ premiered on BBC Introducing as Track of The Week and has since been featured on Spotify’s ‘Conscious’, ‘Dazed’ and ‘Free Form’ official playlists. To follow this up, Tee performed for the Mayor of London and has teamed up with brands such as O2, DICE, War Child, Nandos and Rough Trade.

wired@sound-connections.org.uk

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Vanessa Stansall

Vanessa Stansall

Guest Curator: London Early Years Music Network (she/her)

Vanessa is an early years music practitioner, researcher and Creative Producer at Creative Futures. She works with children and adults in early years settings and teaches early years piano. She has an MA in Education (Early Childhood Music) from the Centre for Research in Early Childhood and a PGCE in Music from the Institute of Education.

Having started her career as a secondary school music teacher, she has subsequently worked as both a music and general teacher/practitioner in a number of primary schools and early years settings. She has also worked at schools in Spain where she led multi-arts projects with young children and as Education Assistant at the New London Orchestra, working on education and community projects.

vanessa@sound-connections.org.uk

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