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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

Strategic Consultant: Workforce Development

Abi D’Amore is Strategic Lead for the workforce development programme 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 designer, evaluator, adviser and strategic partner for many organisations, and is leading a new data collection strategy for Printed Music Licensing Limited, part of the Music Publishers Association. She is a published writer, with articles and chapters in a variety of academic publications, and does pro bono work for a small charity in Birmingham supporting parents of children with profound and complex needs.

She was formerly Chief Executive of Musical Futures, which was recognised as one of the Finnish Hundred top global innovations in 2017.

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 40 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 compositions and arrangements for choirs are published by Faber Music and her book ‘The Joy of Singing’ has been adopted by many choirs internationally. For Women’s Aid she has been a trainer of the Keys to Freedom course for women who suffer domestic violence, achieving an ‘Excellence in Education’ award in 2014 as a result.

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Emily Perryman

Emily Perryman

Programme Coordinator

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 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. 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

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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Isabella Kernot

Isabella Kernot

Deputy Director (maternity cover)

Isabella Kernot is covering the role of Deputy Director during Jennifer Raven’s maternity leave. Prior to joining Sound Connections, she was Education and Community Director at the London Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years, leading a broad range of work with particular interests in supporting artist and teacher professional development and addressing under-representation within both music education and the wider orchestral sector. Isabella has also led the schools programme for LSO Discovery and was Head of Orchestral Projects at the National Youth Orchestra, beginning her career in roles in concerts production at the BBC. She has undertaken postgraduate studies in music education at the Institute of Education and is about to start studying for an MSc in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music.

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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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Liz Coomb

Liz Coomb

Programme Manager

Liz is a highly-skilled creative producer specialising 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
  • Worked for organisations including Guildhall School of Music & Drama, PRS Foundation, English Folk Dance & Song Society, Croydon Music & Arts, Newham Music Hub and Music for Youth
  • Delivered work at venues including Sage Gateshead, Southbank Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall.

Liz is currently a member of the senior management team at Sound Connections leading on our youth-led programmes and managing our consultancy service, alongside consulting for clients such as English Heritage and Arts Council England. Liz is also Director of Wonder Warriors, a social enterprise supporting the wellbeing of women and people affected by Endometriosis and other gynaecological conditions through music and creativity.

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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, a Trustee of the Music Education Council and a Non-Executive Director of PMLL, which is part of the MPA Group.

philip@sound-connections.org.uk

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Sarah Boadi

Sarah Boadi

Programme Trainee

Sarah is the Sound Connections Programme Trainee. She contributes to the evaluation and reporting process, supports the research development of projects and  other administration duties. 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 in music education and the curating of events.

trainee@sound-connections.org.uk

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Tee Peters

Tee Peters

Wired4Music Assistant Producer

Tee Peters is a the Wired4Music Assistant Producer. Handling our webinars, and producing some of 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

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.

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