Soundmix is a registered charity (England and Wales charity number 1135281) with over a decade of experience of working with young refugees and asylum seekers in London.
We have an energetic team of music and arts specialists, supported by a dedicated team of volunteer trustees.
Sasha Leacock, Project manager
Sasha is our Project Manager. Sasha has over 14 years’ experience of developing arts partnerships and provision (particularly for children and young people) including developing and delivering more than 190 arts, cultural, educational, youth and community projects, programmes, events and festivals, benefiting in excess of 170K participants (including more than 23,195 children and young people since 2005).
An experienced arts fundraiser and team leader, Sasha previously worked as Community Performing Arts Manager at Forest Hill School (FHS), leading the strategic development and management of the school’s Specialist School Community Programme; Arts Development Officer at Lewisham Council and was also Chair and Treasurer at Lewisham Education Arts Network (LEAN) – a charitable organisation championing arts education for children and young people in Lewisham.
A passionate life-long learner, Sasha’s interests include health and wellbeing, literature and creative writing, and fashion and handmade designed arts and crafts.
Anthony Russell, Music tutor
Tony is our lead guitar tutor. He has over 10 year’s experience across community arts projects in London in diverse environments, including helping to develop a prison choir and 6 years with Soundmix. He is also a songwriter and producer working with a number of London’s up-and-coming artists as well as releasing and performing music under the name Kas-tro.
Robbie Knight, Music tutor
Robbie is a music teacher & musician. He has worked for Soundmix for the past 7-8 years and shares the role of lead tutor for the Soundmix team. He teaches keyboards and leads group pieces. As a musician Robbie records, improvises and performs live in a fusion combo.
James Taylor, Music Tutor
James is our lead drums and percussion tutor. He combines his passions for music, health and wellbeing to teach percussion and facilitate workshops for groups of disadvantaged people. He has also recently worked with the music charities Core Arts and Life with Arts, and is also a Youth Worker for young refugees at DOST, based in East London.
James grew up playing dbw-promorums and percussion, culminating in performances with the Halle and National Youth Orchestras in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Opera House. Now, as an active London-based session player, recent engagements have included sets at Glastonbury Festival and the Barbican centre.
Angela Luzi, Music Tutor
Angela is our lead singing and songwriting tutor and one of our piano tutors. A talented singer-songwriter, she is also a singing and music theory teacher at the Brit School in Croydon. Angela was born in Italy where she grew up singing in polyphonic and gospel choirs and as lead vocalist in a rock-pop band. At the age of 18 Angela moved to London to study music and graduate in Popular Music Studies from Goldsmiths University of London.
Angela’s passion for music and voice arrangements led her to write and perform her solo material with the 50-piece choir (Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble) at the renowned Royal Festival Hall for the Chorus Festival, conducted and curated in collaboration with Mercury prize nominee ESKA. As a vocalist Angela is part of different projects and collaborations, she also releases regularly her solo material and has performed at Glastonbury Festival, the London Jazz Festival, the Barbican, Ronnie Scott’s, The 229, Shepherd’s Bush Empire supporting Jessie Ware and at Lewisham People’s Day supporting Grammy nominated Tippa Irie, as well as Torino Jazz Club. Website: www.angelinaluzi.com
Angharad Cooper, Chair of Trustees
Angharad Cooper has over ten years’ experience in arts and culture, specialising in new and experimental music. As well as working as a freelance consultant and coach with artists and organisations including Somerset House and the British Council, she is the strategic lead for Sound and Music’s British Music Collection and Composer-Curator touring programmes and previously worked at Opera North as a producer and programmer in the projects department. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was selected as a Clore Emerging Leader in 2015.
Nigel Taylor, Treasurer
Nigel worked for a major clearing bank for 21 years, firstly in the City, and later as branch manager in the provinces. Having completed professional banking and accountancy qualifications, he later worked as finance manager for a group of ‘not for profit’ companies headed by a charity.
Since 2003, Nigel occupied the position of practice and finance manager with a large veterinary practice, and is currently retired.
He likes to play guitar, and listen to music in his spare time.
Secretary – this role is currently unfilled.
Cath started her career as a teacher of Italian but has worked in book publishing since 1978. She is co-owner of the children’s publisher, b small publishing (www.bsmall.co.uk) who produce activity books and foreign language learning books for young children.
She first enjoyed a Soundmix concert performance when she was a volunteer at the Refugee Council social evening for young refugees and asylum seekers in Brixton. She joined the Board of Trustees when Soundmix became a charity in 2009. Cath enjoys long-distance cycling, sailing, learning languages, film, food and political debate but has no musical talent whatsoever.
Vic has over a decade of experience specialising in arts education, with a particular focus on music. She started her musical journey at the age of 11 and continued her passion for singing at the Royal Northern College of Music, gaining a BMus(Hons) in Vocal and Operatic studies. Vic has previously held roles at the RNCM, Opera North and the Voices Foundation and particularly enjoys supporting the vision and impact of charities at a pivotal point in their development. She is currently in the role of Head of Programmes (maternity cover) at Cardboard Citizens overseeing their London workshop programme working with people who have lived experience of homelessness.
Chrissy is the Chief Executive of the London Music Fund, the music education charity founded by the Mayor of London. She previously studied singing at Trinity College of Music, and is currently studying part-time for a Master’s in Music Education at the Institute of Education (UCL), looking particularly at barriers that young musicians face in learning, progression and development.
In addition to her work with Soundmix, she is also a Trustee of the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust which offers support with living and housing costs to young musicians at the four London Conservatoires, and The Riot Ensemble, a contemporary music group specialising in the commission and performance of new works. In the spare time she has left, she enjoys singing, playing the violin, cycling and yoga.
David has over 15 years experience working in community venues, specialising in there commercial development. He has spent the past ten years working in Croydon first at Fairfield Halls, and then leading the project to re-open Stanley Halls as a Community Arts Venue. After training at Rose Bruford College in European Theatre arts he has performed regularly, at events such as Boomtown, Wandsworth Arts Festival and Europeade.
Dr Sam Mackay is a researcher and arts professional. He co-founded London Contemporary Music Festival in 2013, and co-directed the festival for four years. His AHRC-funded PhD, in ethnmusicology, focused on music and urban change in contemporary Marseille. He has worked with a number of arts organisations and as a freelance fundraising consultant. In 2019 he joined the Development team at Tate.