About us

Our Vision

That everyone has the opportunity to explore sound, participate in ‘music-making’ and be creative.

Who we Are

Evolve Music is a community music charity based in Somerset in the UK. The charity was founded by husband and wife Ben and Beth Vleminckx with the aim to provide accessible music-making opportunities for vulnerable and hard to reach communities across the South West.

“Music can be extremely powerful! It brings people together from all backgrounds, allows people to express themselves and have fun!"

           Ben Vleminckx (Founder)

We work with a team of experienced and highly trained music leaders who deliver a programme of projects and regular workshops annually.

Drawing from a variety of experiences and expertise our team offers engaging, innovative and versatile approaches to creative music-making.

What we Do

Central to our work is the belief that everyone has an innate musical ability. We work in a creative style which draws on the ideas and skills of our participants. Instead of being focussed around reading music or perfecting instrumental skills, our workshops give the chance to freely explore sound and how to create music in a collaborative and organic way through improvisation.
All of our workshops are fully inclusive to allow everyone the chance to have a go and express themselves individually, as well as part of a group. 

As a organisation we have 3 focus areas:
- Families
-Young People 
- Adults

Within these 3 focus areas we deliver a variety of projects and workshop. See the 'What We Do' section for more information.

Ben Vleminckx

Founder and Trustee

Ben’s passion for music education developed from some early work within schools where he came up against restrictions around creativity in  the  national curriculum. Whilst studying at university Ben gained experience in community music through a placement based module which changed his outlook and career direction. After graduating Ben continued to develop his career as a music leader working for Bath Philharmonia’s ‘Creative Learning’ team where he has been involved in over 30 projects. Through the Spitalfield’s Music ‘Skills Lab’ training programme Ben worked with mentors James Redwood and Sam Glazer to develop his approach, ideas and workshop style.  Ben has also worked on other projects across the South West including projects with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Share Music (South West)  and Wiltshire  Music Centre's 'Zone Club' to name a few. Ben has also been a music leader for Bristol based creative music summer club 'Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Park'. Ben currently works as the Learning Producer at the Theatre Royal Plymouth where he manages the organisations school, college and university outreach programmes.

Beth Vleminckx

FoundeR

As an EYFS teacher and musician, Beth is passionate about allowing children to explore music making in the early stages of development. Beth studied Music and Education at University and went on to do a PGCE in primary teaching. Since then, Beth has had experience teaching in schools across the South West and has led music workshops, ensembles and choirs across the whole primary age range. Beth is currently training to become a Music Therapist at the University of the West of England as well as regularly working as a freelance music leader. Beth has developed an engaging, child led and experiential Early Years programme which explores music through play.

Music Leaders

We work with a team of experienced and highly skilled music leaders that deliver our programme of projects, regular sessions and CPD activities.
All of our music leaders are DBS checked and have their own public liability insurance. 

Board Of Trustees

 Chair of the Board - Carrie Creamer

Trustees - Andrew Udale-Smith, Marie Negus, Ben Vleminckx

What people are saying about us:

"Working with Evolve Music has been inspirational, they bring high quality musicianship to an open studio environment that values everyone's contributions."
Penny Hay, Director of Research 5x5x5=creativity

"It was such an inspirational day which was great fun. It was great to get the opportunity to play the recorder with a different group of musicians."

"It was fun and I learned how to create music with simple objects. Playing the violin was strange at first, but once I got the hang of it, I loved seeing how the violin could be part of a bigger sound."

"Wow! Rated 5/5 for workshop enjoyment. The best bit was getting to join in and explore instruments with my children. Thank you Evolve Music."

"The Evolve Music team brought a unique experience to our school which has benefited the students in ways above and beyond our expectations. The opportunity to create music together, all on an equal basis, has brought both confidence and joy to the students."
Hannah Brown - Crowdys Hil School, Swindon

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