At SoCo Music Project we are incredibly proud of our talented music leaders. We bring together compassionate, intelligent and gifted practitioners, all credible and active musicians and performers, who inspire and engage through a diverse programme of projects and activities. Please see below to find out more about the people that make SoCo tick, and if you want to be part of this exciting team, get in touch!
The SoCo Team
From piano to iPad via tuba and guitar, Matt has always been around music. After training as a sound engineer and developing music technology for schools in London, Matt returned to his hometown of Southampton to find the landscape for aspiring contemporary musicians sparse. SoCo came out of a passion to provide inspirational music making opportunities for everyone, especially those facing challenging circumstances, he rarely finds time for tuba these days.
Jon’s lifelong passion for music has taken him from a career as a professional Electronics engineer and acoustics research work at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton to co-founding SoCo Music Project. As a keen amateur musician and music tech enthusiast, SoCo was born out of a desire to work with the disadvantaged and help inspire and enhance the Creativity and Culture of the area.
Marie is the Youth Projects Development Manager. She has 10 years experience of working in creative learning (with a specialism in music) and the strategic development of innovative programmes. Educated with BA (Hons) in Music, Marie believes that music is a transformational vehicle for personal, social and emotional wellbeing. She thrives on making a difference through music, specifically working with young people in challenging circumstances and with SEN/D.
Mark was classically trained in woodwind and has performed in various classical, jazz, funk and rock ensembles. After graduating from Kingston University with a 1st Class Degree in Music in 2009, Mark joined SoCo as a Creative Practitioner and his passion for supporting vulnerable adult groups led him to develop and manage SoCo’s Adult Learning Programme. Mark then went on to manage The Courthouse, SoCo’s multi-arts creative space, and is now part of SoCo’s Management Team, continuing to develop exciting projects and spaces.
Since graduating in 2010 with a music production degree Louis works as a creative practitioner with SoCo music Project. He works with vulnerable adult groups and with young people alongside working as a sound engineer at SoCo’s Hightown Studio. Louis also performs live with various other musical projects. He is passionate about providing musical opportunities for everyone and strongly believes we all can benefit from having music in our lives.
Jim is an experienced community music practitioner whose specialism is songwriting. A performing Acoustic singer songwriter, Jim gained a masters degree in songwriting in 2012 from Bath Spa University. He worked in education for 14 years and brings this experience to his workshop delivery. 'I am a facilitator, empowering and enabling young people and adults to achieve their creative and personal potential . My methodology is person centred and inclusive.'
Lucy is a practising musician and singer with a songwriting focus. Lucy has specialised in teaching music making within the early years ages through delivering engaging explorative music sessions. She currently works with a young carers choir as music leader, developing their repertoire and vocal skills. Lucy has a passion for inspiring young people in their music making, finding their voice and gaining confidence in expressing themselves through music.
Bobby has been working with SoCo for 4 years. She began with SoCo when she completed her bronze Arts Award. Following this she volunteered at local events and in the studio. She completed a 6 month internship and is now working on achieving a 1 year apprenticeship. Bobby responsibilities include supporting studio sessions, delivering workshops and supporting promotion. Bobby is an active musician, playing in local venues with her band.
Olly Lewis is a Singer/Songwriter, Composer and Teacher. He studied BA Music & MMus Composition at the University of Southampton. Performances include Glastonbury Festival 2010, the Royal Albert Hall and Edinburgh Festival 2015, whereby his original musical 'The Craft of the Cooper' was performed. Alongside freelance work as a Composer and delivering private singing tuition, he works for SoCo, with responsibilities in both administration and as a practitioner.
Ignacio Agrimbau is an instrumentalist, composer, workshop leader and ethnomusicologist. He has specialised in delivering music-making programs in SEN-D settings since 2007 and has worked in collaboration with SoCo Music Project, Spitalfields Music, Drake Music, Handel House Museum, the OAE and others. He has toured worldwide and his music has been released by several labels. He is currently completing a PhD in Ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London.
Alex works behind the scenes marketing Hightown Studios. On an average day you’ll find Alex behind a computer, painstakingly creating unique campaigns to increase public awareness of the studio. Alex helped run SoCo’s social media last year which got him his current role. He’s passionate about the services SoCo continue to provide and is a true believer in inspiring, nurturing and creating art throughout the city
David Shervill, Founder of Global Music Visions C.I.C. David is registered as partially sighted. He has a BTEC Extended National Diploma in Music Technology, and has also studied Music Technology and Sound Engineering at the Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford. Working alongside practitioners from SoCo Music Project, David specialises in, and facilitates inclusive, creative music workshops for blind and visually impaired young people.
Singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan performs across the UK and Europe. A qualified secondary school teacher and former youth worker Louise is passionate about enabling young people of all musical abilities to access and enjoy music making. Louise works with young people with special educational needs, young carers, young offenders, homeless families and young refugees and enjoys working with music to develop communication skills, literacy, self-confidence and interpersonal skills.