Sound Sense Team

Åsa Malmsten
Åsa is director of Sound Sense. Passionate about community music, she feels truly honoured to be representing so many amazing professionals working in the field! Åsa worked as producer for Welsh National Opera for nearly 10 years. During this time she worked extensively in community music, commissioning brand new work for young audiences, working in schools as well as hard to reach communities, early years music settings, elder and dementia care and at risk youth groups. As a freelance project manager Åsa has delivered projects in SENd settings as well as formal and informal music education. She is also an experienced coach and mentor. A passionate believer in the power of community music, Åsa advocates for the impact of music, to break down barriers, connect divided and disparate groups, in health care, music education and vulnerable people in hard to reach communities. Åsa lives in Cardiff with her two cats. She is a keen gardener and lover of the great outdoors
Clare Adams
Members' Coordinator

Clare works part-time for Sound Sense looking after everything do with our membership scheme: if you've got a query on insurance, DBS checks, subscription payments, Find a Musician or any other aspect of membership then please get in touch.

When not at her Sound Sense desk Clare is a professional bassoonist and versatile music educator, working with people of all ages to develop their music-making skills and enjoyment. It's difficult to say what she does that doesn't involve music (it's everywhere isn't it?) but she loves the great outdoors, exploring on either two feet or two wheels.

Our Board of Directors

Our board of directors are all members of Sound Sense, elected on to the board by other members. Each member is elected for a three-year period, with one third of board stepping down each year, allowing us to keep a yearly board election.

We currently have 12 dedicated board members, actively involved in the many aspects of the organisation. Our board control the overall policy of the organisation, makes sure it is financially sound and steers the activities of its staff.

Siggy Patchitt
Siggy spent his early career as a community musician in the South West, working in schools and youth settings using Music-Based Mentoring and Social Pedagogy to help young people from diverse backgrounds develop a lifelong love of music. He took a desk job in 2010 as a member of the Colston Hall Education team, which was later to merge with the local Music Service to form Bristol Plays Music, the Hub Lead organisation for Bristol. Since 2015, he has been leading on 'A New Ambition for Inclusive Excellence' a three year, Youth Music funded mission to make musically inclusive practice something that is built-in to the way hubs work, not bolted on. Siggy currently spends most of his time preparing the groundwork for the opening of the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence in September 2018. He has a Cockapoo called Gandhi, loves olives and Rush, almost joined the army once, was a ski instructor in another life and has just got into sewing!
Jess Abrams
Jess is a musician and music practitioner. Her work is largely with young people who are hard to reach, young offenders and young people in care and/or supported by social work. As well as facilitating workshops, Jess is the director of the Edinburgh Youth Music Forum, working with music practitioners to explore, develop and share practice, She also lectures in Community Music and Music Education at Edinburgh College. She has an MSc in Music in the Community from the University of Edinburgh but was a practitioner long before she held the degree! Jess is from New York but has lived in lovely Edinburgh for 20 years. She is a vocalist playing gigs whenever she can (never enough gigs!) to feed her heart and soul (rarely does it feed her wallet!)
Rebecca Denniff
As a community musician, and founder/director of Flash Company Arts, I spend my days working with people of all ages, delivering and facilitating inclusive music making and empowering other aspiring community musicians to do the same. I lead community choirs on a weekly basis, deliver training sessions for a variety of organisations, and sit on the NYMAZ Early Years Network steering group. Community music is my passion, I believe that music enhances lives and over the years I have seen relationships forged and communities brought together in astonishing and lovely ways. I previously served on the Sound Sense Board and hope to be re-elected to continue to support this amazing organisation and advocate the power of community music
Sarah Fisher
I'm a percussionist and pianist based in Gateshead. I graduated from the BA Community Music degree at Sage Gateshead in 2015. I now work as a trainee Associate Musician for Drake Music and a project musiscian at Sage Gatehead. I am also a freelance musician working on various projects around the UK. I also have a disability - cerebral palsy. This affects my left side and speech. Due to my CP I have adapted and found ways to deliver sessions and perform without my disability having an impact on me or the participant's progress. I believe that having an understanding of being disabled and working professionally helps gain insight into different approaches to practice which may benefit others
Simon Glenister
Simon founded Noise Solution in 2009 to use music technology to create social impact. This social enterprise arose from 15 years' experience working with excluded young people in local authority settings. This work was fused with experience gained as an internationally touring musician with multiple record deals, specialising in music technology. A recent year long, cabinet office funded report found Noise Solution's innovative fusion of musicking and digital narrative to be statistically significant in its impact on participant well-being. Simon has recently completed his research Masters at Cambridge University, the focus of the research being effective engagement, well-being and impact capture using mixed methodologies around Noise Solution's work.
Kevin Grist
I am an experienced arts producer, music leader and fundraiser from Brighton. Entering the industry in 2002, I have previously worked at Arts Council England as a Music Relationship Manager and delivered projects with organisations as such as AudioActive, Music education hubs, BIMM, Glyndebourne Opera and Musical Futures. I founded SparkedEcho in 2015, a non-profit production company, which presents new music to marginalised communities in Kent and Sussex. I have a degree in Music Production, a teaching qualification and graduated at the National Arts Fundraising School.
Xenia Horne
As an organisation Sound Sense has an invaluable body of knowledge and experience and a generosity of spirit which is unique and plays an essential role in supporting colleagues, many of whom are working in solo. Advocacy is key, looking outwards to collaborate and form new partnerships alongside supporting music at the heart of communities. Recently I've been making music with refugees, young people at risk of exclusion, inter-generational projects in care homes and free gigs in care homes, libraries and hospitals. I am delighted to have been elected back on to the board for a second time and I am looking forward to sharing my experience, to sustain and develop the workforce at this crucial time
Zoe Konez
Zoe Konez
My experience in workshop facilitating, mentoring, training, lecturing and SEND and mental health support tutoring for Rhythmix, Community Music and School Ground Sounds, harmonises with my ethos of fostering creative expression, connecting diverse groups and building self-confidence in people in challenging circumstances. As a Singing for Breathing leader and Musician in Hospital I'm fanatical about music for health and well-being. My continual reflective practice, network-building, ever-updating knowledge of research and evolution of the field, ignites my excitement to be part of developing this world further.
Rosanna Mead
Rosanna Mead is a keen advocate for community music, especially music and health. She is director of Musica Music and Wellbeing, which is a social enterprise that aims to use music to benefit older adults and children, and has a special focus on working with care settings to embed music into their care provision. Rosanna is a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter; working under the umbrella of sociology, she is currently researching acute hospital ward environments for patients living with dementia, and the role music can play within this. Rosanna lives in rural Dorset with her husband, two daughters and two crazy cocker spaniels. In her spare time, Rosanna enjoys playing clarinet with the HMS Heron Royal Navy Volunteer Band at Yeovilton.
Tim Palmer
I am head of Music Education at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where I lead programmes that blend educational & participatory approaches to create a versatile workforce for varied professional contexts. I have a particular interest in using research to help develop practitioners across all sectors. My professional history is as an orchestral and a community musician: Music Director of Sound Futures YMAZ, and Musician in Residence at both Ironbridge Gorge Museum and the National Maritime Museum, amongst much work in orchestral outreach & learning. I previously served on the Board of Trinity Laban, and of the Madcap Arts Trust.
Marina Perryman
As an experienced, active, freelance community musician, I have insight into many community music contexts. I lead music in healthcare through Wishing Well for children and people with dementia. I lead community choirs for groups supporting singing for health research through the Sydney de Haan centre. For AudioActive and Rhithmix I work with young people in diverse challenging circumstances and those with special educational needs and disabilities. I led Music Leader training at CM for three years. With an enquiring mind and endless passion about music as a force for positive change, I am committed to supporting collaborative development of the field.
Paul Weston
Paul is an experienced musician, community musician and project manager and is director of Laboratory Media Education. Paul specialises in reflecting on his practice to provoke creative disruptions in order to explore the things he does not know. He has been involved in the development of the Music Education Code of Practice and the National Round Table for Music Progression. Past roles include director of Musicleader East of England and teaching in a wide variety of settings and institutions. His current role involves simplifying music technology for it's creative use in education, health and social inclusion.
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