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.
Marie is the Development Director and oversees Youth Programmes within SoCo. 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.
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.'
Tyrone is a Programme Manager within the Urban Music Development Unit (UMDU) who is an Artist, Host, Events organiser & Record Label manager.
He’s part of an official top 10 Dance Album selling group called FooR, who perform at clubs & festivals worldwide including Boomtown Festival, Ibiza Ushuaia & Isle of Wight Festival.
Tyrone is also the owner of SO Movement. So far the movement has created “Litty”, the south coast’s number 1 youth concert showcasing global and up and coming artists, as well as producing and releasing music for local urban artists, including himself.
He also owns Major Media, a platform which showcases the UK’s up and coming artists.
Shannon is a practitioner within the urban music development unit (UMDU) who is a songwriter and independent recording artist. For the last four years she has been working within the education and social care industry teaching music to vulnerable young people with additional needs. She has collaborated with local artists Tyrone and Foor and has a video on GRM daily. She’s been a backing vocalist for top 10 recording artist Alexandra Burke and starred in her video “shadow”. Shannon is a member of Route 2 Rootz, a nine piece ska, hip-hop, dub group. Shannon hosts a number of open mic nights at various venues in her hometown of Southampton and also in London. She has supported various DJs performing at club events in the UK and internationally.
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.
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.
Emmy is a songwriter, teacher and community musician living in Hove, East Sussex. She has several years’ experience of classroom music-teaching and since having her own children she has enjoyed teaching voice, flute and keyboard skills in one-to-one lessons. Emmy also has a deep interest in embodied movement, mantra and mindfulness for wellbeing, and is currently training as a yoga teacher. As a music practitioner Emmy is fun, sensitive and dedicated to connecting each participant to their own musicality. Emmy playfully combines community singing with improvisation, rhythm- and voice-work and movement. Emmy uses live looping to capture individuals’ ideas and develop an immediate sense of achievement as well as poetry to ignite the imagination and help the sharing of memories and stories. She is passionate about the positive forces of group music-making and play!
Michael Fry is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has worked in the music business since 1985. Michael began his career at Chrysalis music and then went on to work in several top London recording studios. Michael developed an interest in community arts practice in 1995 when he was introduced to the Drake Project, working with disabled musicians using music technology. Since then, he has concentrated his work in the area of inclusive arts and is wholly dedicated to bringing access to music and performing arts to everybody.
Through the lens of independent music Andy toured Europe DIY before building experimental music agency Phantom Limb Touring focusing exclusively on emerging audiences. Professional roles include theatre, HE Music and IT tech receiving a teaching qualification and a high magnitude of studio and production experience along the way. Currently, Andy techs at Solent University Specialist Facilities, enjoys booking contemporary music at MAST, continues to lead EU live strategy for multiple international artists and creates original sound and mixing for artists from all genres.
Alana has worked in the arts sector as a project manager, producer and teacher for the past six years for various organisations across Hampshire and Surrey. She has a keen interest and passion for managing projects with a health & wellbeing focus, and working with adults and children with SEN/D and in challenging circumstances. She is also currently the Chair of Trustees for the charity Move Momentum. Alana recently joined to SoCo team as Project Manager for the Changing Tracks project.
Becky coordinates the CHAOS Network which aims to provide time and space for creatives and cultural organisations in Southampton to connect. She has worked in arts and heritage learning and participation for the past 9 years and has a particular interest in community engagement. After some time up in London working at the Science Museum, Museum of the Home and Cutty Sark, Becky recently returned to her hometown of Southampton where alongside her work for SOCO she is also a Learning and Engagement Officer at SeaCity Museum, Tudor House and Garden and Southampton City Art Gallery.
Board of Trustees
Bill works within the Higher-Education sector in multidisciplinary functions that have included; business development and engagement, employability and enterprise, recruitment, project management, and research and innovation. Bill is also an Associate Lecturer on BA (Hons) Popular Music Production, and studied Music Industry Management so has developed extensive network of contacts and vast understanding of the industry. He plays the bass guitar and has been involved in projects including; dead!dead!dead!, Woven Bird and The Diamond Age, where he has played alongside acts such as; The Arctic Monkeys, Ash, The Maccabees to name a few.
Rob has worked in the voluntary sector since 1999, initially delivering health promotion projects to young people and later working in a development role with the local voluntary sector, with a specific focus on health. Outside of work Rob enjoys cycling, photography and travel.
Mac has worked in the live music and events industry since 2004. He first worked with SoCo on the EjectorSeat Arts Festival back in 2008. He has a keen interest in evaluation, research and data protection.