About Sound UK



We produce extraordinary musical encounters.

We want as many people as possible to experience and enjoy these.

To make this happen, since 2001 we’ve sought out the most creative artists, realising their most imaginative musical ideas for the enjoyment of audiences across the UK.



We want to make it easier for more people to experience and learn about exciting new music and the people that create it. We do this through providing a range of ways to get involved in our work including talks, workshop programmes and training.

We also create projects that call on local communities to help artists create new music in response to where they live.

Together with artists and other partner organisations, we create a wide range of ways to experience new music; from concerts in major concert halls to villages, sound installations in museums to music performed on farms plus digital works for the online community worldwide.

The music we present in these places embraces all musical genres, from jazz to sound art, electronic to contemporary classical and all points in between.

Across everything we do we strive to enable artists and audiences to take risks – and enjoy them.

Who we are


Sound UK is run by Directors Polly Eldridge and Maija Handover with Assistant Producer Chloe Arnett. We work alongside a crack team of freelancers and consultants across production, design, participation and fundraising. These include Tim Hand (production), Becky Morris Knight at Shipshape Marketing (digital marketing), Beth Fouracre (participation), John Gilsenan at IWant (design), Sarah Coop (fundraising) plus many more.

Who we work with



We have longstanding relationships with some incredible artists from Scandinavia including Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen and ice musician Terje Isungset plus Finnish accordionist / adventurer Kimmo Pohjonen. Closer to home we have ongoing relationships with Iain Ballamy, June Tabor and Huw Warren as Quercus.

For new commissions we’ve been lucky enough to work with quite simply some of the most creative musicians and artists in the world. From Will Gregory to Lisa Knapp, Adrian Utley to The Unthanks, Leafcutter John to Kira Kira.

We constantly have our ears to the ground listening out for great music and project ideas. If you’re an artist who has a high quality new music project you feel has the ability to engage with people do get in touch with here.


Sound UK works in close partnership with a wide range of partners to create high impact and memorable events. These range from National Trust to Horniman Museum, rural touring schemes to Opera North, Barbican to Landmark Trust and many more.

If you’re interested in collaborating with us on a project to engage audiences please get in touch at here.

How we are funded


Commissioning and touring new music needs support to bring it to as many people as possible.

We are extremely lucky to be regularly funded by Arts Council England as one of their National Portfolio Organisations as well as receiving a Strategic Touring grant for our Soil & Concrete touring network.

We are also hugely grateful for the support we’ve received from trusts and international agencies:

Ernest Cook Trust
Hinrichsen Foundation
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
PRS Foundation
and more.

If you are interested in supporting the work we do at Sound UK please do get in touch at here.

Our Trustees


Sound UK is a registered charity with a board of brilliant trustees:

– Vanessa Reed (chair)
– Ian Hunter
– Mark Wallace
– Bengi Unsal
– Catherine Audis

Sound UK Arts is a registered charity No.1157305
Company Number: 7300739