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 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.
Sal is a music performer/practitioner, producer, programme manager, rapper/spoken word artist and youth worker who has a wealth of skills and expertise in developing managing and delivering bespoke engagement and personal development projects based around music production, song writing, spoken word and performance. He is also the Co-founder of south coast music outfit Route2roots who have performed alongside, and booked artists such as: Wutang Clan , Public Enemy, Talib Kweli, Krs-one, Dead Prez ,Akala, De La Soul, Osaka Monaurail, Roy Ayers, Afrika Bambaataa, Jurrasic 5 and many more.
Lucy works as a freelance arts professional in Hampshire. She supports organisations to find creative solutions to strategic aims, particularly through times of change.
Prior to this, Lucy worked across artistic disciplines to deliver cross-partner projects and events for Salisbury International Arts Festival and Southampton’s Cultural Quarter.
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.
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.'
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.
Corinne is a Singer-Songwriter, Vocal Producer and active member of London Contemporary Voices Choir. She is currently working with SoCo on a number of projects: help facilitate a vocal group for vulnerable adults; supporting KS2 pupils to gain their Arts Award and running a young carers choir. Corinne regularly rehearses and performs with LCV and knows first hand the positive impact that group singing has.
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.
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.
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.