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!)
Graham Dowdall
Graham is a musician who combines an active performing career with one as a community musician/trainer/tutor. Her currently performs and composes solo electronica as Gagarin and is a member of acclaimed Iranian/electronic band Roshi Feat, Pars Radio and legendary avant rockers Pere Ubu. Since studying Music Workshop Skills at Goldsmiths, he has been continually active delivering community music projects across a huge range of client groups - early years, KS2/3, SEN, disabled people, young people with ASC, "at risk" young people, teens and elders. He works extensively in special schools, children's homes, PRU's, secure units and other contexts. His work is driven by the belief that being actively involved in creative music making enables people to change their lives and contribute to better communities, and that everyone, regardless of life circumstances deserves the opportunity to be involved in creative music making. A particular specialism is working in the field of disabilities using technology to facilitate creativity. Graham has an extensive community music training and consultancy portfolio, delivering training for, amongst others, Music Leader, Drake Music, Universities of Limerick, Antrim, Hull, London, Rhythmix, Drake Music, Live Music Now, Sound Connections, and numerous music hubs. Graham teaches at Goldsmiths leading their teaching in community music
Adele Drake
Long ago and far away I was a teacher in mainstream...also a cab driver in the holidays. Both of which were useful in preparing me to kick-start a new work, although I had no idea where the route would lead. After taking a post-grad course at the Institute of Education, I embarked upon Drake Research which became Drake Music - the charity was named in memory of two of my daughter who died as young women. By the time I retired, we were running regular workshops in 10 cities in the UK and Ireland and I am proud to have been part of the continuing work, despite all the challenges and instabilities involved in the voluntary sector. I now have the good fortune to be co-founder and Trustee of Liquid Vibrations, www.liquidvibrations.org.uk
Isabel Emerson
Isabel Emerson is a Brighton-based cellist who has been a Sound Sense trustee since 2013. Working primarily as a participatory music practitioner in a wide range of community and healthcare settings, she is also co-director of community music organisation Open Strings Music, as well as a facilitator, trainer and mentor with Rhytmix's Wishing Well. As a performer, composer and improviser, she has toured worldwide, made music for acrobats and been commissioned as a solo artist by BBC Radio 3.
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.
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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