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 2019 Award.
  4. School Workshops  
    Annual music Workshops for Schools with professional musicians enabling children to experience culturally diverse music


Judyth Gwynne

Congratulations to our founder and former Chairman of SWSW, Judyth Gwynne, who has recently celebrated her 90th Birthday.


Talented Musicians aged under 19 years are invited to apply for the SWSW 2019 Award.  The winner receives £100, runner-up receives £50 and all applicants receive a Certificate.

Deadline for applications is 14th June 2019.

Perryman/Bolitho Award 2019 Info Sheet

Perryman/Bolitho Award Application Form 2019




Thanks to our funders:

Bude Choral Society for nominating SWSW as the Charity to benefit from their Christmas concert 2018.

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust | SFIA Educational Trust Ltd | The Duchy Health Charity | The Blanchminster Trust | Wessex Youth Trust | Barnstaple and North Devon Dispensary Fund | Clare Milne Trust

The Foyle Foundation  foyle-logo-colour-small

The Bridge Trust    Bridge Trust Logo

We are also very grateful to many individuals and other organisations which donate substantial amounts to Sound Waves South West. We are particularly grateful to the Coaver Club in Exeter who have named Sound Waves South West as Charity of the Year in 2018 and this led to a donation from St Leonard’s Primary School in Exeter.

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