About Us

Hull Sound Circles is a nonprofit community music organisation based in Kingston upon Hull. We provide educational, cultural, recreational and therapeutic music workshops for local organisations, charities and the wider community. Learning and playing music enables people to gain transferrable skills, such as listening, communication, fine motor skills and teamwork. Music is also a powerful medicinal tool for mental and physical well-being. Academic evidence highlights the health benefits of recreational music making.Each workshop is individually tailored to meet the needs and requirements of our participants, through reflective and reflexive practice, evaluation and monitoring we ensure our sessions are people led. 

We offer a  variety of workshops that bring all cultures, ages and abilities together to share inclusive musical experiences. We offer young people the chance to gain the valuable Arts Award at four levels: Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver. 

We work with young people of socioeconomic disadvantage, people with SEND/PLMD,  people with visual/hearing impairment, people with Alzheimers/Dementia, the elderly, asylum seekers and refugees. 

We feel everyone has the right to experience music-making along with the therapeutic benefits it provides.

We have a strong emphasis on continuing professional development for all our team and provide ongoing training opportunities. 

This ensures we have a team of professional well trained facilitators and mentees. 

  • Drum Circles
  • West African Rhythm/Song/Dance
  • Arabic rhythm/song 
  • Gamelan (traditional Indonesian percussive music)
  • Sound therapy
  • World/old-time singing
  • Soundscapes
  • Electronic music/turntablism
  • Guitar/band projects for youth
  • Ukulele singalong
  • Early Years music ( 0 to 5 yrs)
  • Song circles
  • Guitar workshops
  • Violin/Keyboard workshops

Our Mission

To educate and develop the musical skills of all participants.

To improve physical and mental well-being through music making. 

Provide musical experiences and opportunities for disadvantaged communities

To reach communities of all abilities, ages and cultural backgrounds. 


Coordinator/facilitator: Donna Smith - guitar - djembe -frame - vocals - sound therapist - music theory

Donna has worked as a professional community musician since 2003. She has specialist knowledge of a variety of musical genres and a proven track record of delivering high quality musical workshops. Throughout her career, she has delivered workshops to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Whatever the project, Donna brings lessons from her twin passions for travel and ethnomusicology. Qualification and skills: BA (Hons) Community Music
Village Music Circles facilitator/mentor Sound therapist - COSH Rhythm2Recovery practitioner Health Rhythms practitioner With a passionate focus on professional development, Donna continues to enhance and grow her skill set by training with some of the leading teachers both in the UK and internationally.

Facilitator: Daniel Arce - turntablism - scratching - electronic music - beat-matching - music tech/recording - piano

https://www.ambivalentworks.com/shop/in-search-of-the-polyscratch/ Daniel Arce (DJ chile) is a scratch DJ, music educator, YouTube content creator and artist from Hull, England. Daniel has a BA Hons degree in Creative Music Technology (1:1) from the university of Hull. As a scratch DJ, Daniel gained international recognition by placing 1st among 130 participants in the 2011 WTK world freestyle scratching competition. As a music educator, Daniel has run various scratching and electronic music workshops in his local area and has experience delivering sessions to all age groups and abilities. As a content creator on YouTube, Daniel's tutorial content has attracted a growing following, by discussing and demonstrating lesser known scratch techniques, particularly cross rhythm scratches. To date, Daniel has released three self published books. Daniel worked as a Music facilitator for the Rhythm Pixie World Urban Orchestra for five years and Colours of Music project for 4 years. Performing with the young people at various festivals around the city.

Facilitator - Roșie Owen - violin - keyboard - piano - music theory

https://www.firsttutors.com/uk/music/teacher/rosie.violin.piano/ Rosie Owen - violin - keyboards - piano - music theory Rosie is a graduate from the University of Hull with an MA in violin performance and composition, and has obtained grade 8 violin (distinction), grade 6 piano and grade 5 music theory. Rosie mentored the Rhythm Pixies at Kingston Youth Centre, (Youth Music Mentor programme) supporting young people in a range of musical activities such as body percussion, west African drumming, and musical arrangement. She worked as a mentor at Route 1 Youth Centre and St Michaels Youth Project, where she led a group of young people working towards the Amy Johnson festival in July 2016. Rosie teachesviolin and piano to students of different capabilities and musical styles, helping them with grading or learning for their own enjoyment.'

Mentees/West African drummers/music support

Sol Lyon – Mentee – guitar – djembe – vocals – 

Alex Ridley – Mentee – guitar – drum kit – duns – vocals 

Charley May – Mentee  – bass – sangbani – frame – vocals

Antonnia Ross – Ken – vocals