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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!

Abigail D'Amore

Abigail D'Amore

Associate Programme Manager

Abigail D’Amore is Associate Programme Manager and an independent music education consultant with expertise in informal and non-formal pedagogies and practice as a means of increasing student engagement and participation. She works across the music education sector as a programme manager, evaluator, adviser and strategic partner for organisations including PMLL, Friday Afternoons, NYMAZ, DBS Coaching, West Midlands Music Services Collective and has previously worked with Creative People and Places, UCL Institute of Education, the Music Path (Los Angeles) and various Music Education Hubs.

She was formerly Chief Executive of Musical Futures, which was recognised as one of the Finnish Hundred top global innovations in 2017. Abigail is a school governor of Hallow C of E Primary School (Worcestershire), Trustee of Music Mark and the Young Voices Foundation. She studied ethnomusicology, and is passionate about how music forms part of peoples’ lives.

workforce@sound-connections.org.uk

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Brenda Rattray

Brenda Rattray

Guest curator: Workforce Development Programme

Voice Expressions Founder Brenda Rattray is an inspirational facilitator who has toured and worked internationally in over 43 Countries. She graduated from Goldsmiths University where she has been an Associate Lecturer since 2003. She has taught expressive voice in all areas of the community from Nurseries to High profile Psychiatric Hospitals and prisons and is an External Examiner for Kingston University.

Her clients include Jamael Westman (Who played the lead role Alexander Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multi-award winning show Hamilton, at London’s West End theatre), The English National Opera, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a number of Orchestras including the London Philharmonic and both the BBC Concert and Symphony Orchestras. (Training highly skilled musicians to communicate their skills at various levels with varied communities).

She also trains teachers to teach and is renowned for her abilities to: instil confidence in budding singers, remove inhibitions from those who consider themselves unable to sing, and challenge and stimulates more confident singers with unconventional methods and ideas. She has an extensive range of skills including teaching, facilitating, musical direction, arranging, composing, performance and vocal coaching.

Brenda works as a Consultant on how to Ignite, excite and engage students in your classroom, Diversity and Inclusion, Repertoire, and Explorations of ‘Out of the Box’ Solutions to personal and /or classroom management strategies.

She has joyfully accepted the role of Guest Curator for Sound Connections an amazing company for whom she recently facilitated an online training / conversation on ‘ becoming an ally’ and then hosted a two day, online ‘Inclusive Practice in action’ conference

Her Book the ‘Joy of Singing’ is published by Faber Music 2008 and has established itself in the repertoire of choirs around the world.

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Camara Pinnock

Camara Pinnock

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Camara is the Sound Connections Marketing & Communications Coordinator. She coordinates the marketing and communications for all Sound Connections programmes and services, including Wired4Music; the Sound Connections training and professional development programme; research and advocacy activities and consultancy projects. She is the main point of call for the promotion of your events, opportunities and news.

Camara joins us from an occupation in theatre and currently sits on the Board of Trustees for The Museum of Ordinary People, working across the sector to dismantle boundaries within the arts and highlight its importance to society as a whole.

camara@sound-connections.org.uk

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Emily Perryman

Emily Perryman

Programme Assistant

Emily is the Sound Connections Programme Assistant. She coordinates the logistics of Sound Connections events as well as supporting the planning of various aspects of the Sound Connections 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. She is a long-standing volunteer at a music school for children and adults with learning difficulties and is a keen singer and flute player. 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.

admin@sound-connections.org.uk

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Helen Evans

Helen Evans

Programme Coordinator

Helen Evans is a Programme Coordinator at Sound Connections, and she is responsible for organising Sound Connections’ training programmes. She devises and manages courses and provides information, advice and guidance to music leaders and teachers. She is the main point of contact for Music Education Hubs and organisations engaging with singing and organises singing training events.

helen@sound-connections.org.uk

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Jasmine Kambi

Jasmine Kambi

Wired4Music Programme Producer

Jasmine Kambi is the Wired4Music Programme Producer, and works on programmes such as Generate as well as delivering the drop-in sessions for Londoners age 16-25. Before working with Sound Connections she had been a Wired4Music member since 2013. She has also worked at Sadler’s Wells Theatre for five years and is passionate about keeping the arts accessible for the next generation of creators. As a Wired4Music member she was involved in many of the network’s key projects such as Rising Futures, Generate and the development of the Music Manifesto.

jasmine@sound-connections.org.uk

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Jennifer Raven

Jennifer Raven

Deputy Director

Jennifer Raven is Deputy Director of Sound Connections. She works with the Director to develop and deliver our business plan, grow our programmes, and build partnerships across the country. She also leads Sound Connections’ consultancy work with a focus on youth voice, evaluation and research. She has been at Sound Connections since 2014 (initially as Programme Manager).

Previously Jennifer worked within the music team at schools network Ark. In 2009 she co-founded Fairbeats – a charity with a focus on music-making for young refugees and new migrants – where she is now Development Director. Jennifer is also still active as a flute player and is a Trustee of the South East London Orchestra where her role focuses on Community Development.

jennifer@sound-connections.org.uk

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Liz Coomb

Liz Coomb

Programme Manager

Liz is a creative producer specialising in developing, delivering and leading small to large-scale events, projects and programmes for regional and national music organisations. Since 2014 her work has focussed on music education with children and young people, firstly at the award-winning Newham Music Hub expanding their portfolio of events, flagship projects and partnership work before joining Music for Youth in 2017 where she led the development and delivery of MFY’s programmes that reach 60,000 young people across the UK each year.

Liz has recently gone freelance and is currently working for Sound Connections as Programme Manager, overseeing the Youth Voice strand of our work (covering Jess Loveless’ maternity leave), leading a skills-development project for World Heart Beat Music Academy in South London, alongside developing her own work around singing and women’s health.

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Philip Flood

Philip Flood

Director

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 also an advisor for the PRS for Music Foundation and a Trustee of the Music Education Council.

philip@sound-connections.org.uk

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Sarah Boadi

Programme Trainee

Sarah joins us as Programme Trainee. She will be contributing to the evaluation and reporting process, supporting on the research development of projects and  administration duties. Sarah is currently studying Music Business & Arts Management. Previously, Sarah worked in the creative and community arts sector as a performer with Blue Elephant Theatre and the RoundHouse. Sarah also worked as a Young Producer with Poet in the City and an Assistant Project Manager with Create. These experiences peaked her interest into Music Education and the curating of events.

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Tee Peters

Tee Peters

Wired4Music Assistant Producer

Tee Peters is a the Sound Connections Assistant Producer. Handling our Wired4Music Webinars, and producing some of our events and opportunities. With a background in video production and marketing, he also makes his own music too

Recent singles ‘Seasons’ & ‘Numeracy’ premiered on BBC Introducing as Track of The Week & has since been featured on Spotify’s ‘Conscious’ and ‘dazed ‘ & ‘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 & Rough Trade

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