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


Judyth Gwynne

Our founder and Chairman of SWSW, Judyth Gwynne, has retired after nearly 20 years at the helm. She will be relocating to Sussex. Thank you, Judyth, for all your dedication and inspiration and we wish you all the very best in your retirement. Janet (Jen) Ash has taken over as Chairman.

Do join us for the popular Annual Coffee and Carols on Tuesday 18th December 2018, at The Old Vicarage, Morwenstow, EX23 9SR from 10.30 am. 


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Thanks to our funders:

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 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, create and host this web site.

Contact us on: 01288 331368 or email