Soundmix is a registered charity (England and Wales charity number 1135281) with nearly 15 years 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, Lead 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, Lead 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 worked as a musician for Core Arts, Life with Art and Drumworks, and Youth Worker for young refugees at DOST, based in East London.
James grew up playing drums 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
Vic Taylor, Interim Chair of Trustees
Vic has worked in the arts and cultural sector for over 12 years. They are currently in the role of Insight Manager for Girlguiding. They enjoy working closely with charities on their learning, evaluation and quality improvement initiatives and how these feed into organisational learning and future planning with clear outcomes and impact at the core.
Anna is Producer in the Barbican’s Communities & Neighbourhoods team, developing relationships, networks and systems that support local communities to bring their ideas to life. Before joining the Barbican, Anna was Head of Learning & Participation at music producer Serious, delivering the participation programme for the London Jazz Festival and year-round music-making work with young people across the UK. She has worked in music, film, community radio & visual art, with a focus on celebrating the creativity within communities, co-production and working in collaboration to create joyful creative experiences.
Sam Mackay, Secretary
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.
David Somner, Treasurer
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.
Gigi is a musician-educator born and raised in Hong Kong. Before moving to the UK, she worked as an arts administrator and school teacher. She is the co-founder and music director of Little Bean Theatre, a family theatre that celebrates diversity and the importance of heritage language. Gigi is also an independent researcher whose research interest is musicians’ pedagogy and workshop practices. Recently she has been involved in developing a series of digital musical instruments. The project uses virtual reality (VR) and a mobile app as the backbone to support collaborative music-making and social interaction for people with special needs and promote broader participation in music-making.
Cathy is an experienced Creative Producer and Programme Manager with a passion for participation practice, social justice, and working cross-artform and cross-sector, bringing together professional and non professional artists to collaborate and co-create. Cathy is skilled in Producing, Partnership Work, Youth and Community Engagement, and developing emerging artists. Cathy is currently in the role of Community Programme Manager role at the Roundhouse Trust.