Sound Communities


Connect, Engage, Inspire 


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.



Our Directors

Kate Rudman

Mike is a qualified teacher in the Lifelong Learning Sector and a graduate in Music Industry Management and Studio Production. Mike has experience delivering  music technology, music production, radio production and radio broadcasting courses as well as other key skills. He has produced award winning music while at university achieving the Sennheiser Best Music Production Prize and has been involved with FM community radio for five years now. Mike has been delivering workshops helping young people learn about creating their favourite radio shows or music style in a variety of environments and backgrounds. He has worked with a range of people within the community as well as extremely vulnerable young people in Secure Units, SEND schools, SEBD schools and Pupil Referral Units.


Mike currently works at the WESC Foundation in Exeter for visually impaired young people as a tutor in radio production and music technology and assisting in running the VI Radio station. He delivers the NCFE Radio Production Course as well as teaching Music Technology to young people there. Mike has also Arts Award trained up to Silver.


He was previously a Soundart Radio Producer as well as working for a CEDA in Exeter, a charity for young people in Exeter with additional needs, coordinating and delivering a music project provided by funding by Youth Music since October 2012. In this role Mike has delivered training in working in assistive music technology to a range of organistations, practitioners and education establishments.


In his spare time, Mike likes to DJ locally and keep up to date with the latest technologies.

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Mike Cook

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.


Mitch Knight