January 2000 – formation of first informal Committee.
June 2000 – Seminar with guest speakers Professor Leslie Bunt from MusicSpace Trust, Bristol, Dr Gary Ansdell, Research Associate at Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre, London and David Walters, Director Coda Music Trust and Music Research Institute, Christchurch. Resolution passed unanimously to establish a Centre for Music and Music Therapy in the Region.
2001 – Week long Bude Festival of Music bringing quality music to the Community.
2001 – Published by Sound Waves South West first Directory ‘On the Record’: a twice yearly diary of Music and Music related events held within a 50 mile radius of Bude. This is provided free to those making entries and at point of pick up. With a circulation of 3,500 copies.
December 2001 Obtained Registered Charity status: Number 1167138 (was 1089223)
February 2002 A two day Seminar/Workshop hosted by SWSW ‘Children in Crisis’. First day – Professor Leslie Bunt and Eleanor Tingle from MusicSpace Trust. Second day Mr Ben Saul, A Music Therapist with Greenwich Primary Care NHS Trust and Chelsea and Westminster Mental Health Trust together with Tim Swingler of the Soundbeam Project.
February 2002 ‘Good Vibrations’ sponsored by Sound Waves South West – a week of musical experience for children.
July 2002 – Workshops at 8 local schools bringing ‘Graffiti Classics String Quartet’ in partnership with Live Music Now! SW.
September 2002 – pilot instrument loan scheme consisting of four violins and four cellos introduced at St Marks School, Morwenstow.
2003 July– Workshops brought to 8 local schools.
September– Four clarinets added to the SWSW instrument loan scheme at Bude Junior School and 2 flutes at Kilkhampton Junior School.
Creation of the Sound Waves Music Therapy Team with the first two Music Therapists working under the auspices of the Charity.
2004 February inauguration of Sound Waves Website: www.soundwaves-sw.co.uk
September – Third Music Therapist joins the Team working in the North Devon area.
2005 March – The Beacon Fellowship ‘Highly Commended’ Certificate was awarded to Judyth Gwynne, Chairman of Sound Waves in recognition of her outstanding contribution to charitable and social causes. Judyth was highly commended in the category of Community Builder.
July – First Music Therapy Conference ‘From Tuning to Attunement: Music Therapy for Schizophrenia’.
October – Fourth Music Therapist joins the Team working in the North Devon area.
2006 July – English Traditional Folk song Workshops in Schools.
Bude Festival of Music widens its scope by being renamed ‘The Bude Arts Festival’.
2nd Music Therapy Conference: ‘Journey to the Centre’.
December – A total of 68 instruments now on free loan under the Instrument Loan Scheme (2006 – 2007). Double Bass and Digital Piano purchased for Loan Scheme in memory of the late John Bolitho – Cornish Bard and Founder Member of SWSW.
2007 July– ‘The Powers of Music Project’ – Graffiti Classics workshops in 11 local schools.
August – Public Relations and Fund Raiser joins the SWSW Team
September – 3rd Music Therapy Conference: ‘Tuning In’ – An Introduction to Music Therapy.
2008 – February –‘Rosewood Duo’, Chinese musicians workshops in 8 local schools.
May – Publication and of 20,000 SWSW information leaflets and distribution commences.
‘On The Record’ goes online at www.on-the-record.co.uk
September– Fourth Music Therapy Conference at Bude.
January 2009 – New Instrument Loan Schemem leaflet launched
February 2009 – Awarded a Yamaha Digital Piano by Classic FM
June & October 2009 – 11 locals schools benefit from an exciting Music Work Shop with African Drummer Risenga Makondo
2010 November- Benefit Concert for SWSW by the Triggshire Youth Orchestra
2011 September- Workshops with Carambita in 15 local schools and special units
2012- July The first annual Maggie Perryman Award for Musical Achievement was inaugurated in her memory. The first winner was Becky Bailey from Budehaven Community School who was awarded a £100 cheque and a £10 book token
October – Winkleigh Morris Dancers (Devon Folk) were brought to 10 local North Cornish Primary Schools in the Bude area involving over 1,000 students. Each school had 2 hours of music and dancing.
2013 – July Maggie Perryman Award winner, Zyie Yuan (JoJo) a student at St Marks School, Morwenstow
September- The SWSW Conference “Why Music Therapy Works – Exploring the Ways”
The ILS Scheme taken over by David and Ruth Puddick as co-ordinators and a new improved Information Leaflet produced. Approx 140 orchestral instruments available for loan
October – “Interlude” Opera Singing (Workshops in Schools) visited mainstream Schools and ARB Units
2014 – July – Maggie Perryman Award given to Rachel Pankhurst
Music Therapist, James Tucker joins the SWSW “Team”
October – Pantasy Steel Band Workshops in 12 schools and an Evening Concert at Budehaven Community School