Meet The Team

A  small but perfectly formed team who lead on the coordination of the Music Education Hub and the other programmes of activity as a Development Agency. Approachable, hands-on and customer focused, we take a ‘can-do’ attitude whilst placing the interests of local students at the centre of our service.

Michael Armstrong

Music and Arts Education Manager

With a background in events, label management and community arts, Michael joined SoundStorm in 2014 having moved from his role as Development Manager at The Albany in South London. He started managing the Hub in August 2015 and has worked to take further SoundStorm’s reputation for excellence, by extending the partner network and bringing ambition to the Hub’s programme of live events.

A collector of vinyl, keen gardener and appreciator of vintage pottery, he’s currently learning the piano and is known for talking a lot.

Dan Somogyi

Wave & SoundStorm Director

Music has always been a central part of Dan’s life, and in his teens he played in various ska and punk bands, opposite contemporaries including world music star Natacha Atlas and Portishead founder member Adrian Utley. After a diversion into Cold War history and academia at Oxford University, in 1999 Dan finally decided to make music his career, getting a job at jazz and world music development agency, JazzEast, in Cambridge.

In 2002 he moved to Dorset to set up SoundStorm, alongside the late, great Steve Harris, and managed SoundStorm singlehandedly until moving “upstairs” in 2012. Aside from SoundStorm, Dan now oversees Wave, programmes jazz at Lighthouse, Poole, chairs the international WOMEX Education network, serves on various UK-wide music education groups and, most importantly, continues to play music, notably with international collaboration Far Flung Collective and jazz collective, Thokozile.

Jo Farley

Music and Cultural Education Coordinator

Jo is now in her 2nd year with the team, bringing a passion for creating exciting musical opportunities for young people of all ages and abilities, having experience as a Secondary and Freelance Music Teacher. She trained as a classical flautist and studied Music at the BRIT School and University of Southampton focussing on performance techniques and music in popular culture.

Having travelled the world in her 20s, living in Australia for 5 years, Jo now enjoys all that Bournemouth has to offer – especially keeping her toes sandy in the surf! Locally, Jo sings with the Funky Little Choir. Spot the theme here…her favourite thing to do is watching live music, on the beach at sunset!

Jordi Robert

Arts Marketing Officer

His career started in Barcelona working for many video production companies on corporate, advertising, fashion, documentaries, TV and artistic productions. Jordi moved to the UK 20 years ago and Bournemouth became his home.

Recently he has obtained a Masters degree on Fine Art and won several international awards in film festivals and exhibitions. He loves the Sea, coffee and football.

Sarah Derwish

Music and Cultural Education Coordinator

Sarah joined SoundStorm in March 2020 and is excited to be part of a team that helps to inspire others through music and the arts as music has always been a big part of her life from being a lead singer, keyboard player and songwriter in a progressive rock band to incorporating the power of music in her practice as a therapist. 

Apart from music, Sarah loves travelling, walking in nature, philosophy, writing, reading fiction and having fun with her family.

Claire Butler

Senior Business Support Officer

Claire has a degree in Geography and worked for JP Morgan and Wessex Water before starting her role as Senior Business Support in August 2009 with the SoundStorm and wave team.  She loves spreadsheets and organising anything and anyone possible!  Her main responsibilities in the team are financial management, coordinating our store of 4000+ musical instruments and practitioner’s contracts.

Running, cooking healthy treats, reading and a mum of 2 boys keeps her busy outside of work!

Claire White

Senior Business Support Officer

Claire is an essential part of our team and makes sure our organisation runs smoothly, from managing our financial procedures to arranging CPD events. She has been working with the council since January 2008, beginning in Seafront Services before moving to Children’s Services.

She has joined us at SoundStorm from the Youth Services admin team to widen her council experiences and spread her passion of soft cheese on ryvita. Claire also finds time to work part time as a Youth Support Worker for Poole Youth Service!


Phone + 01202 123012
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c/o Absolute Music
3-5 Knighton Heath Estate
855 Ringwood Road
Bournemouth, Dorset
BH11 8NE


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