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Soundabout Inclusive Wiltshire Choir

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The Soundabout Wiltshire Inclusive Choir welcomes children and young people of all abilities up to the age of 18 and their families/ primary carers. The choir is run in partnership with Wiltshire Music Connect and celebrates that everyone has their own way of sharing their voice.

Here are a few examples of ways you could join in:

· Makaton Signing
· Singing or other vocal noises
· Making sounds with an instrument or sound maker
· Technology e.g. an iPad or EyeGaze
· Movement and dance

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By welcoming all voices we aim to be as inclusive as possible, and actively try to remove barriers to participation from those with severe and profound learning disabilities. The choir is free to join, there are no auditions, and you do not need to be able to read music notation. The choir meets on zoom on alternate Sunday’s (between 4.45pm & 5.45pm) and also meets face-to-face one a term. Please see our website for more details: https://www.soundabout.org.uk/wiltshire-music-connect-inclusive-choir/




Some of our highlights over the past year have been:

Together A Song for Wiltshire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QYLI4XdaWM We were invited to perform alongside the Wiltshire Youth Choir on this special track commissioned by Wiltshire Music Connect.

I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo26JLQNXMY

We were delighted to work with The King Singers and the Sing for Freedom choir for this incredible arrangement made to support and raise awareness for anti-discrimination day.


More about Soundabout:

Soundabout is a charity that uses music to empower and unlock the potential of people with severe and profound learning disabilities. Our multi-sensory music-making techniques help to stimulate communication, learning and self-expression, enabling people who may be unable to hold an instrument or speak to make their own unique contribution.

· Sound and music is the starting point
· Our practise is based on intensive interaction
· We model and teach a culture of musical communication
· We use resonance boards, Soundbeams, musical instruments, sound, silence, voice, music and storytelling
· We facilitate playfulness in order to release inhibition around music-making
· We look at what is the most effective way of working and use a range of approaches, suitable for children, young people adults, parents and teachers
· We exemplify developing relationships – what unfolds, what opens up, what changes from this interaction

We have a range of online and in person musical activities and clubs, please see below, or head over to https://www.soundabout.org.uk/autumn-2021/ to see our full autumn schedule.


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