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Connecting, Engaging & Inspiring through Radio and Music Production


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Sound Communities is young and ambitious with a strong vision for how radio and music can create social change within communities.

We help people to connect, engage and inspire each other through making and broadcasting radio. We are very experienced, current and responsive practitioners with a passion for creative radio and music production, to empower those on the margins to energise their communities.

We develop bespoke radio and music production packages including "pop-up" broadcasts, project-based learning, work-based learning opportunities, consultancy and evaluation. We are pioneering in our use of digital technologies. Our services help organisations to engage, consult, evaluate and evidence the impact of working with communities in an innovative and rich way.

Our work is participatory, creative and accessible to all.



Our Team

kate rudmanKate Rudman, Director/Workshop Delivery

Since graduating from the Devon SSE programme in Dec 2010, Kate Rudman has been developing Sound Communities, a Community Interest Company, with Mitch Knight and Mike Cook.

Kate managed the learning programme for a digital arts education centre (Preston Manor City Learning Centre) where she developed partnerships with the BBC, National Youth Theatre, London Grid For Learning, London Gifted and Talented, The Science Museum and local schools. She has a good track record with funding bids winning funding from the DfES' Innovation Unit, European Social Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Learning Skills Council among others to develop innovative learning projects, mainly using radio production.

Kate is also an experienced teacher/trainer at many levels including primary, secondary, community and teacher training. She has worked as a freelance trainer for Makewaves, Soundart Radio and is qualified to deliver the Arts Award Bronze and Silver. Kate has recently presented at conferences including the Community Media Association and Teaching Leaders.

Kate has a Masters degree in Media Education and Radio Production and is a fellow of the Devon School for Social Entrepeneurs.

Kate has produced live and pre-recorded radio features as part of Women's Radio Group, bIRST broadcasts and Soundart Radio. She currently produces a vinyl only music show on Soundart Radio.

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T: 07969 218 793



mike cook at sound communitiesMike Cook, Director/Workshop Delivery

Mike is a qualified teacher and a graduate in Music Industry Management and Studio Production. Mike is an experienced practitioner when working with young people around engagement in music production, songwriting, DJing, music technology and radio production. Mike has worked and continues to work in a range of settings within the community as well as extremely vulnerable young people in Secure Units, SEND schools, SEBD schools and Pupil Referral Units.

Mike has previously managed six-figure projects for Youth Music which included coordinating delivery, managing evaluation and delivering training to a range of organistations, practitioners and education establishments.

Mike is currently studying the Level 7 Qualification in Teaching Visual Impairment, alongside his role as a teacher/tutor at the WESC Foundation in Exeter for visually impaired young people. He has experience of delivering qualifications in NCFE, OCR, Ascentis, WJEC and BTEC.

Mike has substantial knowledge of digital technologies and assistive technologies and has produced award winning music, achieving the 2008 Sennheiser Best Music Production Prize. In his spare time, Mike likes to DJ locally and keep up to date with the latest technologies.

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T: 07706 487 462



mitch knightMitch Knight, Director/Workshop Delivery

Mitch is an experienced music and DJ workshop leader. Mitch is also creative director of Pumpitlouder which has a successful history of providing Music Technology and DJ courses for young people 12-21 years old. Mitch offers a wide variety of courses which can be tailored to the needs of the young people.

Mitch is experienced in delivering a range of awards such as: AQA, ASDAN, MAD and units of the OCN Step Up award. All of these can be used to compliment schools' current curriculae.

Mitch is a fellow of Devon School for Entrepeneurs.

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T: 07989 418 712



mark brundell

Mark Brudenell, Schools and Community lead and Workshop Delivery

Mark is a qualified primary school teacher with 20 years experience at the coalface of creativity, that is a primary school classroom. During this time he discovered the impact that radio can have on young people's learning, creativity, confidence and self esteem and started after school radio clubs.


He joined the Sound Communities team in 2015 and has been involved in a wealth of projects for young people across Torbay: live radio shows from The Grinagog Music Festival, the Radio Ahead Children In Need project and monthly broadcasts, consultation work with young people on behalf of the NHS, the Radio Routes project featuring live broadcasts from youth clubs across Torbay, inter-generational work at The Ageing Well Festaival, the Hear & Now oral history project funded by the National Heritage Lottery, radio dramas for the International Agatha Christie Festival, live broadcasts from the Torbay Schools Festival of Performing Arts and The Tale arts festival curated by Phillip Hoare to name but a few.

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jo crook

Jo Crook, Oral History Consultant/Workshop Delivery

Jo Crook began her career in oral history by interviewing some of the world's top living visual artists as part of her work as Conservation Curator at Tate. The recordings focused on the materials and techniques used by the artists, and informed the book The Impact of Modern Paint, Tate Publications, 1999, with Jo as co-author. Along the way British Library oral history curators trained and advised her in interviewing techniques, emerging technologies, and methods for organising and delivering digital material online.


Jo currently works as a freelance museum curator, visual artist, and as an interviewer and sound recordist on the Sound Communities oral history project 'Hear and Now'.






Lotti, Adminstration, Communications and Post-Production Assistant

Lotti moved to Devon in 2003 and graduated from Dartington College of Arts with a BA in Music Composition in 2006. Since then she has composed and performed in a variety of music and theatre productions, as well as working as a producer for Soundart Radio. Lotti enjoys canoeing down the Dart, going for long bike rides, and growing tomatoes in her greenhouse.

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richard burtRicardo Burt - Trainee Workshop delivery and Studio Producer

Through my time at Ocean Youth, I've learnt many life skills that I can take into future radio careers, as well as general life. Ocean Youth has given me the ability to develop and show confidence in radio from live presenting to interviewing and then use what I've learnt to teach others. These skills I know I would of never learned otherwise.

Over the 5 years so far at Ocean Youth, I've loved every minute of it, and still to this day want to put as much time as I can to help out and develop my 2 shows to be the best they can be. With the station there's always something you can do, or work on. Whether it's jingle making or helping out on an Ocean Youth project, I always feel my time and effort is appreciated. And that is why I think I've never wanted to stop. 



jack thompsonJack Thompson, Trainee Workshop Delivery and Studio Producer

I have been with Ocean Youth for about 5 years now and through that whole time I have been involved with fun and interesting projects. I have run my own show of 28 episodes and also ran an events show, detailing events in and around Torbay. Along with this my favourite part is being involved in community events such as creating the Lift radio drama where I developed new skills in Photography that I'm still using now. More recently I have been recording interviews for the Hear and Now project, which has been fascinating learning old stories from Torbay.


Across my time at Ocean Youth I have developed my skills in running a radio station and improved at communicating with others especially people older than me. Another key skill I have learnt is interviewing people about topics, where I have to create questions on the fly and then adapt them depending on how the interview is. These are all important skills to know which can greatly help in my future life.


Overall my experience at Ocean Youth has been fun with always new things to do. I have grown in confidence so much and enjoyed every new event we do.



andy robins Andy Robins, Technical Consultant / Workshop Delivery

Andy is a qualified media technician and has been working in a fully equipped media Suite at Paignton Community and Sports Academy now for many years. This includes a TV studio, Editing Suite and Radio production Studio. Andy is also a graduate in Film production, media and photography.


He has been involved with various local projects involving radio production, and has had his own radio show playing classic Soul and funk and hip hop music. He also Djs across Torbay and Devon playing classic vinyl only Soul and Mod Music.