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 London’s leading theatre The Albany.

A passionate believer in accessible art forms, he’s a vinyl enthusiast and loves nothing more than digging for tat at a car boot sale on a Sunday morning.

Jo Farley – Music and Cultural Education Coordinator

Jo has joined the team this summer having experience as a Secondary and Freelance Music Teacher, bringing a passion for creating exciting musical opportunities for young people of all ages and abilities. Growing up in South London,  Jo studied at the BRIT School and University of Southampton focussing on performance techniques and music in popular culture.

After a five year stint loving the Australian way of life in Sydney, Jo is now enjoying all that Bournemouth has to offer – keeping her toes sandy and heart musical! Locally, Jo plays the flute and piccolo for the Christchurch District Concert Band and sings with the Funky Little Choir. Her favourite thing to do is watching live music, on the beach at sunset!

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!

Sarah Derwish – Senior Business Support Officer

Sarah joined the team in March 2020 to cover maternity leave for Claire White. She is excited to be joining 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.

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.

Daniel Somogyi – Wave & SoundStorm Director

Music has always been a central part of Dan Somogyi’s life, even though he studied Modern History and then for a D.Phil about the Cold War at Oxford University. Frequently involved in bands and promoting concerts, 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 the agency until taking up his new post of wave & SoundStorm team leader in the summer of 2012.

To find out how to contact the SoundStorm team visit our Contact Us page