About Us

What we do

SoundStorm is the award winning Music Education Development Agency for the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole conurbation, in South West England.

Our mission is transform lives through music. We aim to give every young person who wants it the opportunity to participate in exciting musical activities, whilst also reaching out to the wider community.

Over 250,000 participants and 500,000 audience members have been involved in our work since our establishment in 2002. Their involvement has been through workshops, concerts, special projects, community choirs, festivals, annual conferences, skills development sessions and much more…


SoundStorm is the lead partner of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Music Education Hub, one of 123 hubs nationally, funded by the Department for Education through Arts Council England. To read more, visit the Music Education Hub section of our website.

In 2016, we were awarded the Major Trophy at the UK-wide Music Education Council Awards, the third time we have won the top award since 2012. This is open to all 165 music services / music education hubs from across the British Isles.

SoundStorm has also been a strategic partner of Youth Music through the Musical Inclusion Programme, which concluded in 2015. To read more about this part of our  Musical Inclusion section our website.

Our Values

We believe that all young people who want to should be able to explore their creative talents and enrich their lives through music.

We celebrate the diversity of all music forms and makers. Music should be for all and the opportunity to make music for everyone.

We believe learning and interaction with music should be exciting and inclusive, undertaken in a supportive environment.


Meet The Team

Michael Armstrong – SoundStorm Manager Michael joined SS (& wave) in September 2014; having worked across various health care settings for 15 years, Michael decided to pursue his love of the arts full time in 2011. He’s since curated music festivals, established cabaret nights, led community arts festivals and has just finished working with South...

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Our History

SoundStorm was founded in 2002 by Dan Somogyi and Steve Harris, who were both deliberately recruited from non-formal music backgrounds. SoundStorm started as a development arm of Dorset Music Service, but always focussed upon the Bournemouth/Poole conurbation because of its funding structure. Its original mission was to shake up the existing music education scene and...

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