Phoebe Osborne is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer based in London who specialises in using music in creative and collaborative ways. Phoebe is fascinated in how music can facilitate expression, affect relationships and create community.
Over the past fourteen years, Phoebe has worked with a range of diverse arts organisations, including Creative Futures, Green Shoes Arts, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Drake Music, Create Arts, and Emergency Exit Arts. Phoebe uses singing, song-writing, creative composition, musical games and accessible music technology, to engage a variety of groups, including Looked After Children, adults with mental health problems, deaf children, and children and adults with additional needs.
Phoebe founded and ran Brockley Voices Choir and also worked with several other choirs, including Sidney De Haan Research centre in Kent and St Ethelberga’s Interfaith Choir. Phoebe has run a number of vocal workshops for a range of events including Wilderness and Womad Festivals, Goldsmiths University Masters’ course (London) and South Bank Centre.
Phoebe recently founded ‘Sound in the Round’ with collaborator, Emma Coleman, which creates space and opportunities for musicians from a range of backgrounds to connect and collaborate, improvising with a range of instruments and voice. This is currently running in London, Leeds and soon, Brighton.
Phoebe has an extensive discography and performing history with previous alternative folk band, Penniless Cove. Including releasing 4 albums and touring around UK and Germany. She has also performed with 10 piece afro band, Transit Hamanteh, Swing Trio, Swing Selmer Swing and calls Ceilidh’s at events.
Phoebe is also a qualified Speech and Language Therapist who works for the NHS and most recently, Phoebe founded the music community Interest Company, ‘Sound Stories’. This aims to bring together the fields of communication and music practice to enable fun and meaningful interactions, creativity and play whilst increasing speech and language skills for children and adults.
Over the past five years, Phoebe has found herself becoming more immersed into the world of vocal improvisation. Phoebe has trained in a range of techniques, styles and practices such as Circle Singing with Guillermo Rosenthuler, Vocal improvisation with David Eskenazy and is currently training with Zuza Gonçalves in Musica do Circulo.
‘Phoebe somehow had me singing and dancing without me even knowing how it happened. It was glorious’. Previous workshop participant