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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 and has travelled over 40 countries as a freelance creative artist, performer, and educator.

She has worked as a Choral Animateur, leading expressive workshops and performances and she has also toured and run training courses 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 continues to write and release new material under Voice Expressions, the music school which she founded.

She 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. 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 (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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Isabella Kernot

Isabella Kernot

Deputy Director (maternity cover) (she/her)

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.

isbella@sound-connections.org.uk

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Jasmine Kambi

Jasmine Kambi

Wired4Music Programme Producer (they/them)

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 they have been a Wired4Music member since 2013. They have also worked at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and are passionate about keeping the arts accessible for the next generation of creators. As a Wired4Music member they were 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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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 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.

She 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. And delivered work at venues including Sage Gateshead, Southbank Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall.

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, 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 Grainger-Jones

Sarah Grainger-Jones

Programme Manager (she/her)

Sarah is a Programme Manager overseeing our Youth Voice and Participation work, with responsibility for Wired4Music and delivering consultancy projects for clients focusing on this area of work.

Sarah has worked in different roles within the arts, community and wellbeing sectors for over 20 years, including as Arts Project Manager for rb&hArts, the arts team at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals, Acting Director of Arts and Deputy Director of Arts for Koestler Arts and as a freelance community arts workshop leader.

She is passionate about using creativity to help support communities and encourage personal wellbeing. She is a practising visual artist with an MA and a BA Honours in Fine Art. She enjoys walking in the woods and helping out at her local community garden.

sarah@sound-connections.org.uk

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Tee Peters

Tee Peters

Wired4Music Assistant Producer (he/him)

Tee Peters is the Wired4Music Assistant 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.

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