MEET: Music in Action

Music in Action are a highly experienced group of professional musicians from the education and participation arm of Bath Philharmonia. They regularly collaborate with SoundStorm to provide workshops such as Creative music making for the Inaugural Bournemouth Founders Day.


As a group, they believe that everyone can take part in music-making in a stimulating and fun way. Their projects regularly incorporate special needs participants, employing a range of music technology including Soundbeam, a MIDI device which converts physical movements into sound. The freedom of this work brings the passion to integrate mainstream and Special Educational Needs participants during projects.

Meet the members of Music in Action…

IMG_1786Jason Thornton is a professional animateur and qualified teacher who has worked throughout Britain, Europe and the US. He trained with Professor George Odam, Dr Tim Steiner and Katja Mervola. He is Course Director of the Music in Action module for third year students at Bath Spa University and takes the lead on most Music in Action projects. Jason is a specialist in creating music with special needs children and integrating their work with other students in mainstream education.


IMG_1769Charlie Groves is a freelance musician and songwriter. He won the Song for Bath competition in 2011 and encourages young people to find their voice through lyrics and harmony. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has extensive experience in the special needs sector. He is a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University.



IMG_1774Claire King is Bath Philharmonia’s sub principal clarinetist and a teacher who has great enthusiasm for group music making of all abilities. She leads some of the Music in Action creative sessions and also works pastorally with individual participants who may need an injection of confidence. Claire is keen to develop music delivery at a primary level and runs an innovative “creative orchestra” at West Ashton Primary School, Wiltshire.


IMG_1776Jo Sercombe is a professional jazz singer who has an abundance of experience working with singers and non-singers to produce outstanding results in their vocal sound. She works regularly with choirs and also works for the Golden Oldies music charity and Singing for the Brain with the Alzheimer’s Society.



IMG_1766Ben Vleminckx is a professional drummer and percussionist, having recently graduated from the Music in Action course at Bath Spa University. He is now building his professional music career in Bath/Bristol area. Ben works as a Senior Instrumental Tutor for BANES music hub delivering creative music workshops to local primary schools, as well as regularly performing with a variety of ensembles. He is also a percussionist with Bath Philharmonia.


Julie Payne is a specialist in the Soundbeam equipment they use to enhance their music-making, particularly when working with special needs. Julie holds an M.Mus in Community Music from York University. Julie lectures at Bath Spa University and is a professional free-lance oboist. She has worked with Superact delivering creative music projects in prisons and with Musica in care home settings in Wiltshire.

To find out how to get involved with Music in Action’s work, email