About Us

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Music-making has been linked to benefits in many areas of school life, from academic achievement to improved personal and social development. Yet far too many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are unable to fulfil their musical talent, unnecessarily restricting their life chances. We want to change that.

School Ground Sounds works with secondary schools and young people in lower income areas of London to provide additional music opportunities and to enhance their music education. Our programme of activities currently includes:

  1. Recording Studio Experience (ages 11-24).
  2. A 1-1 Music Mentoring Programme (ages 16-24)
  3. The Grit School (6-week industry crash-course, ages 16-24)
  4. Songwriting Competitions (ages 11-18)


Meet The Team

1Tom – Founding Director

Tom founded SGS in 2014, whilst working as a teacher in South London. He previously co-ran Bristol Couch, a platform for unsigned artists.


4Sarah-Nell – Programme Director

Sarah-Nell is a singer and vocal coach from London. She works with a number of organisations and charities as a musician and workshop leader. Sarah-Nell has a background in A&R and music publishing and continues to work with up and coming UK artists as a vocal coach.

3MIRI – Mentoring Coordinator & Wellbeing

MIRI is a singer/songwriter and live music promoter, performing around the UK and Europe whilst promoting events bringing female musicians to the forefront. She is also on The FAC’s BEAT Board and has extensive experience working with young people.

Claire – Business Development

Claire spent many years working in New York in theatre production and business development before settling in London to work as an operations and event manager for a business consultancy.


Bee Bakare – Lead Tutor

Bee is a singer-songwriter, live music host & events organiser. As well as performing internationally, she is the founder of Soul Stripped Sessions supporting women in music. She has also featured on BBC one’s TV show “all together now” as a Singing Judge.