Duckpool Cottage, Woodford, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9JN01288 Charity No: 1167138



What we do…


Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the interactive, creative and spontaneous use of music in a therapeutic setting.


Instrument Loans

The SWSW Instrument Loan Scheme (ILS) provides free loan of orchestral instruments to aspiring young players living in our area.

SWSW Perryman/Bolitho Award

This Award was set up in 2012 in memory of former Trustees Maggie Perryman & John Bolitho both of whom contributed substantially to the work of SWSW.

School Workshops

Each year Sound Waves South West organises professional Workshops for schools in the SWSW catchment area.

Welcome to Sound Waves South West website

Sound Waves South West is an independent charity registered in 2000. Its activities began in the Bude area and now extend across North Cornwall and North West Devon. The main aims of the charity are to provide:

  1. Music Therapy   
    for children by State Registered Music Therapists in the SWSW catchment area
  2. A free Instrument Loan Scheme (ILS)   
    to school children having music lessons within the SWSW catchment area
  3. SWSW Perryman/Bolitho Award
    An annual Award to a music student who has shown exceptional improvement and has contributed to music in the community. Applications are now invited for the 2020 Award.
  4. School Workshops  
    Annual Music Workshops for Schools with professional musicians enabling children to experience culturally diverse music

Thank you to all our supporters

Many local organisations and individuals who helped us to raise much-needed funds for SWSW in 2019:

Duncan Honeybourne, SWSW Patron, for piano recitals in April and September

Bude Carnival in August

Waitrose, Holsworthy, for selecting SWSW as one of their charities in May

Bude Independent Theatre Society (B.I.T.S) for their Variety Show in June

Cadon Choir for concerts in Launcells and St Endellion in July

Friggin Riggin for playing at the Falcon Hotel twice in July

The Petrovian Orchestra for their concert in July


As a consequence of the restrictions imposed on meetings due to COVID-19, the SWSW Annual General Meeting will be held as an electronic meeting for the SWSW Trustees only.  If you wish to receive a copy of either the Chairman’s Report or the Annual Accounts, please contact us – see details below


Thanks to our main funders:

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust | The Blanchminster Trust | Barnstaple and North Devon Dispensary Fund | Clare Milne Trust

The Foyle Foundation  foyle-logo-colour-small

The Bridge Trust    Bridge Trust Logo

Our special thanks to Tom Westlake for giving his time and expertise to design and create this web site and to Mooshmedia for hosting it.

Contact us on: 01288 331368 or email