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.

Rachel Sené – Music & Cultural Education Coordinator

Rachel exchanged the spires of Oxford for the seaside in August 2017 (having previously overseen Oxford University’s Micro-Internship Programme). No stranger to new places, Rachel has previously worked on arts and community engagement initiatives around the UK and internationally. Her experience ranges from setting up volunteer projects in Palestine, to spending two years as General Manager for a contemporary dance company in Cambodia, to supporting a tour of Khmer circus artists around Rwanda.

She is passionate about dynamic and accessible arts opportunities, and David Bowie’s back-catalogue.

Cathy Murray – Music & Cultural Education Coordinator

Known in the office as ‘Cathy Two Hats’ due to her double role both assisting with service co-ordination and delivering Music Education Hub projects and teacher support as a SoundStorm partner, Cathy joined the team in March 2018.

Cathy’s background is in primary education. Having spent over 25 years as a classroom teacher, music specialist and subject-leader, she took a brief detour via school leadership then set up her own music-teaching and consultancy business – ‘Murray Music’ – and has never looked back.

A keen amateur musician, Cathy enjoys singing and playing the piano and violin. On her bucket list is an ambition to achieve Grade 1 on every instrument she can, so watch this space!

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!

Helen James – Arts Marketing Officer

Helen fled Shropshire’s countryside to study at the Arts University Bournemouth and graduated with a (BA) Hons in Illustration in 2013. She supports the team with expertise in creative marketing & graphic design.

When Helen is not editing anything and everything on Photoshop, she will be found walking her pet pug or working on her own Illustrations.

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