We are one of the winners of the People’s Project 2019! 

Third year lucky! The work started last year in July 2018 for this year’s round. Thank you to all the organisations, communities, people who voted for us, shared our poster online, and encouraged people to vote. We feel so fortunate that so many people believe in Music for All and the work we do – Community Music! Thanks to the crew for all their hard work, dedication, and musicianship – Daniel Arce, Paula Chearman, Sol Lyon, Rosie Owen. Further details  about the project below, how we will spend the funding to benefit our local communities. 

What we will do with the funding:

  1. Provide weekly music sessions – inclusive, therapeutic and educational, tailored to each group from Sound therapy, Singing, Drum Circle, West African, Soundscape and Gamelan. 
  2. Deliver two Sound Therapy sessions per month to the staff, carers and families of all our groups. 
  3. Develop an album of original music from each organisation, mastered in a professional studio.
  4. Each organisation can then sell their album to raise money for their groups.
  5. Saturday Music Club – Free activity for all participants, carers, staff and families.
  6. Employ local music facilitators and support musicians.

Who we’ve helped

The Music for All project has been a huge success so far, we have received positive feedback from all the organisations we are working with: Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Endike Community Care, 5Senses, Your Life, Refugee Council and Kids. 

About Us

Hull Sound Circles

We are a community music organisation based in Kingston upon Hull. Our goal is to bring recreational music making to our community. Music is a powerful medicinal tool for mental and physical well-being. Academic evidence highlights the health benefits of recreational music making. We employ local professional musicians and facilitators to deliver a wide variety of music workshops including:

  • Drum Circles
  • West African Rhythm/Song/Dance
  • Gamelan (traditional Indonesian percussive music)
  • Sound Therapy
  • World/Old time singing
  • Soundscapes
  • Electronic music
  • Guitar/Band projects for teenagers
  • Early Years 0 to 5 yrs

Music for all

We are delivering ‘Sound Circles’ and Sound Therapy to a variety of groups in their own environments. In our Sound Circles we include drum circle elements as well as West African/Arabic rhythms, World/Old time songs and Soundscapes. It is an inclusive musical adventure, taking the group on a journey, encouraging individual and group creativity with an emphasis on mental and physical well-being. Each circle is tailored specifically to the needs of the group to provide the most inclusive and enjoyable experience for our participants.


It’s wonderful for our groups to play instruments and sing songs from their countries. Everyone feels uplifted and relaxed after a workshop.

Refugee Council

I can highly recommend Hull Sound Circles, they have been entertaining the people at Endike Community Care with some wonderful experiences and sounds. We were absolutely enthralled with the music and instruments brought to us on three occasions, and booked in for more as everyone enjoyed and participated so much.

Endike Community Care

Hull Sound Circles has been visiting our centre for vulnerable adults. They have brought to us a number of different sound therapy workshops which have been a fantastic addition to our programme. Our sensory students have benefit from the soothing Himalayan sound bath, from ancient gongs and singing bowls and the sounds given off have been tremendously relaxing and have turned various spaces within our building in to a zen-like environment which gained instant results with some of our more challenging clients. Our unsupported students have thoroughly enjoyed the drumming workshops  and not to mention our recent invite to the Albemarle to experience the Gamelan! It was out of this world!  Can’t recommend enough! Thank you! 

Senses charity

Thank you to Hull Sound Circles for all the fantastic sessions at the North Hull Memory cafe they are fabulous, and thoroughly enjoyed by us all.  We all feel uplifted after one of the sessions.

Alzheimer’s Society

Hull Drum Circle

In 2016 Hull Sound Circles delivered the Hull Drum Circle project funded by the Big Lottery.

The project, which was held weekly and open to the local community (15 years upwards), was a facilitated drum circle using an interesting variety of drums and percussion from around the world. We provided all of the instruments which included interesting drums such as congas, tubanos, darbukas, frame drums and djembes. We also provided lots of unusual percussion instruments such as mini hand held gongs, wah-wah tubes, shakers, wood and different types of bells. People were also welcome to bring their own instruments. We lit the venue with subdued lighting using coloured lights to provide a relaxed atmosphere in which participants could be free be in the moment without feeling exposed.

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