Soundabout Inclusive Choir Helps Overcome Isolation

Posted on 11th May, 2020

Soundabout Inclusive Choir, the Oxford-based choir for people with special needs and their families, which CCCS’s fundraising helped launch last year, is reaching tens of thousands during lockdown.

In the first seven days of going online, 47,000 people participated in the live, interactive music-making sessions. The twice-weekly online sessions – Soundabout Live! – have enabled the charity to extend their work of empowering people with severe and profound learning difficulties to a wider community.

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” said Clare Cook, Soundabout CEO. “The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired us to develop virtual Soundabout sessions for the first time.” Ms Cook thanked CCCS for raising the £5,000 needed to launch the Inclusive Choir. “We are so grateful to the children, parents and staff of CCCS for your wonderful fundraising efforts last year, which enabled us to establish the Soundabout Inclusive Choir in the first place,” she said. “You are making music change lives.”

Following the feature about Soundabout Live! on the BBC yesterday (, Ellis Lloyd Payne, Chair of the CCCS Parents’ Association, said: “It is great to see recognition of the choir on a national platform like the BBC and I’d like to thank all parents and boys who helped support this cause last year. Of course, we wish the Soundabout family the very best during these difficult times too.”

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