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Date started: 2016
Website: www.houseofcambridge.com/ www.we-are-sound.com
Twitter: @inthehut
Location: Cambridge

A former choral scholar with a business background and a passion for creating unforgettable experiences is bringing music to people, and people to music, in radical ways.

Andrea Cockerton’s speciality is using buildings unusually for gigs, creating a transformative space to allow an audience to listen differently. From the Albert Hall, to a car park, to concerts in darkness, it’s about creating an unforgettable auditory - and often emotional - experience.

We Are Sound is a musical experiment taking 100+ choir members and "people who sing in the shower" to stage choral concerts. Profits go to The Dosoco Foundation, which exists to support projects using music for social good. So far over £16,000 has been awarded to projects in Cambridgeshire, while future events will work directly with teenagers from deprived social backgrounds.

Andrea Cockerton

Andrea Cockerton. Image credit: Jules Klass Photography

New venture House of Cambridge plans to showcase the best of the eight Cambridge festivals in one, agnostic space. Its aim is to break down barriers of privilege and open up a vibrant multi-arts scene that represents the whole Cambridge population. All of Andrea’s work stems from her belief in the power of music to transform lived experience.