Sound Waves South West Seek New Chairperson

Sound Waves South West Music & Music Therapy Trust (SWSW) is seeking a new Chair. We are a small, highly successful Charity based in and around Bude, North Cornwall. We are an independent charity founded in 2000 and we became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2016.

We currently provide the following:-

  • Funding for Music Therapy for children with Special Needs;
  • The free loan of a musical instrument to children receiving tuition in the SWSW catchment area;
  • Annual professional music Workshops in local schools and we encourage young musicians by offering;
  • An Annual Award for Musical Achievement for young people;
  • Additionally, we work in partnership with charities providing Music Therapy across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

This is a voluntary role which requires overseeing the general control and management of the charity. The successful applicant would work closely with the other trustees to ensure that sufficient funds are raised to meet the financial demands and needs of those we support and that the services are provided in a timely and effective manner.

The Chair is the main point of contact for SWSW, liaising with our Music Therapists, fundraising bodies and the other Music Therapy charities in Cornwall (CMST).

The Trustees currently meet once a month either in person or on Zoom. They enjoy working together and are a cohesive and effective team. The new Chair needs to have had experience of working within a team and be familiar with looking over accounts. Some experience of working for a charity would be helpful.

For more information please email Samantha Kendrick at


2023 Summer Party & Award For Excellence

The SWSW annual summer party and awards for local music talent was once again a resounding success. Supporters and visitors were treated to the sounds of the Fletchtet Jazz Band from Truro whilst tucking in to a sumptuous cream tea.

The highlight of the afternoon was the Award For Excellence which celebrates the progress made by individuals in their chosen musical field. The 2023 winner was Rowan Tidball (clarinet) who has, been successful in securing a place at the renowned Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The runner up Jack Plusnin, was a young Cellist from Okehampton. They both excelled in their instruments and contributed greatly to music in the community.



Choral Workshop

Our very grateful thanks to our Patron, Rosie Richardson, for organising a very successful Choral Workshop in Camelford on the 28th January 2023. Music was conducted by Mr John Hobbs.

The choir spent the day studying ‘Messa Di Gloria’ by Puccini. ‘I Was Glad’ by Parry and ‘Abide With Me’ in a version by John Cornish, a living American composer. The works were performed in an excellent concert at the end of the day and raised £180 for SWSW.