About Us

Our Vision

Everyone enjoys listening to and engaging with music in some way in their lives. We believe that everyone has the ability to make music and that we all have the right to have the chance to play an instrument/sing as part of a group. Our vision is for everyone to have the opportunity to access creative music making, regardless of age, ability, background or financial restrictions.

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 all ages and abilities in the South West.

“Music is really powerful! I love working with groups of people and seeing the way it brings them together."

           Ben Vleminckx (Founder)

We work with a team of experienced and highly trained music leaders who deliver a programme of one off projects, regular sessions and CPD activities 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 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:
- Early Years (0- 5 yrs)
-Young People (5 - 18 yrs)
- Communities Groups (All ages)

Within these 3 focus areas we offer a variety of workshop packages. See the 'What We Offer' section for more information.

Ben Vleminckx

Director
(Voluntary Position)

Ben’s passion for music education developed from some early work within schools where he discovered restrictions that  the  national curriculum imposed. Whilst studying at university Ben gained community music experience through a placement based module which changed his outlook and career direction. Since graduating Ben has continued to develop his career as a music leader working for Bath Philharmonia’s ‘Music in Action’ team where he has been involved in over 30 projects. Through Spitalfield’s Music ‘Skills Lab’ training programme Ben has worked with mentors James Redwood and Sam Glazer to develop his approach, ideas and workshop styles.  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 is also a music leader for Bristol based creative music summer club 'Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Park'.

Beth Vleminckx

Assistant Director (Voluntary Position)

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 currently teaches Reception Class at Rode Methodist First school as well as regularly working with Bath Philharmonia’s ‘Music in Action’ team which provides open access projects  across the South West. 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. 

Trustees

Andrew Udale-Smith, Annabel Green, Victoria Jones

What people are saying about us:

"It was absolutely fantastic to play drums with a professional, I went straight home and found a small pair of bongos, but I will be nagging my parents to get me the real thing. I loved it."

"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."

"I enjoyed it because it was great fun learning to play all the different instruments and hearing them all together."

"I found it really good fun and very creative, because we did a lot of activities that we haven't done before."

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