Location: Across the county Website: www.lafoliamusic.org
Singing / Voice
Songwriting / Composition
Teaching Models:
Small / medium Group Tuition
Whole Class tuition (Primary)
Large group / ensemble tuition
Informal workshops
Performance opportunities
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La Folia

Type Of Organisation: Choir


La Folia is a production company with a wide portfolio. Most relevant to Wiltshire Music Connect is that we create music projects with children and young people in a variety of genres; these are frequently enhanced by dance, drama and visual arts.

Over the past 10 years we have particularly (although not exclusively) developed our special needs work, producing annual performances devised and composed by the young people in collaboration with our creative team, mostly using as a starting point the classics of music and literature.

What I / we help young people achieve

With particular reference to those with special needs:
- A voice: young people who find verbal expression difficult can express themselves through music
- Creativity: every word and tune in our projects comes from the students themselves
- Musical skills: development of compositional and improvisational skills
- Achievement: the nurturing nature of our work enables the young people to do things they would not have believed possible
- Freedom: to sing and dance even when physical movement is limited
- Confidence: students who have never performed before do so with pride
- Joy: students are exhilarated by the experience

Opportunities for children & young people

  • To create / write music and / or lyrics
  • To develop recording /production skills
  • To play, perform music with others
  • To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
  • To work with and support other young musicians
  • To develop their wellbeing


  • Project based

Working with special needs

See other info:
Woodford Valley Primary Academy Resource Base for Autism
Exeter House Special School
Larkrise Special School
The Grove School Hearing Impairment Unit

Taught Instruments

  • Singing / Voice
  • Songwriting / Composition

Ages Taught

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16+

Musical Clusters Covered

  • Chippenham
  • B-on-A / Corsham
  • Calne & Melksham
  • Trowbridge (CSL)
  • Salisbury / Wilton
  • Marlborough & Pewsey
  • Downton
  • Malmesbury / WB / Purton
  • Amesbury
  • Devizes
  • Warminster
  • Westbury
  • Mere & Tisbury
  • Tidworth


La Folia bring quality musical experience and show very special respect for each individual they work with. What an experience for us all, and how very special it has been. In special schools we often use a technique called intensive interaction… La Folia without knowing anything about this embody the principles, i.e. to respect and listen to what another person, no matter what difficulties they have, has to say!
Gill Lovell, Larkrise School

Working with La Folia was an eye opening and inspiring opportunity… The way they interacted with the children was impressive; without knowing extensive background they were fearless and that removed all barriers. I was able to spend some time getting to know Howard, Anusha and Emily; they were all very welcoming and open to sharing their experiences and expertise with me. Coming from an artistic background, this was more than valuable and I bring these into my own practice to this day. I danced, I sang and I watched the children’s faces light up as we went through the process of creating a performance piece for Salisbury Cathedral. The whole event was incredible!
Aimee Parsons, Larkrise School

La Folia can provide references as appropriate

Exeter House is so fortunate that La Folia continue to bring us such experiences. Alison Giblin, Exeter House School

This was a wonderful project that seamlessly wove the gifts of so many individuals together in a tapestry of music and movement
Rebecca Carson, Woodford Valley Primary Academy

How wonderful the performance was this morning – you’ve done it again! Everyone I spoke to admitted to a tear-in-the-eye moment and just such amazing respect for what Howard and the team bring out of our students – they were on such a high after the performance! Ros Haigh, Exeter House School

Thank you all for the most wonderful experience working with you and those amazing young people. Too rarely do we get the chance to be truly inspired – to feel the intake of breath that stimulates both mind and spirit – but yesterday was such a chance. The music and words have been going round and round my head – especially ‘Powerful voice’ – and will stay with me for a very long time. Everyone was wonderful and I think the work has touched many people very deeply – the students, of course, but also their families and friends and the lucky tourists who had their itineraries so serendipitously disrupted. The main reaction I got from all the audience and participants I spoke with was delight and excitement. Let’s do it again! Mark Padmore, tenor

It was very inspiring to work with those great kids. I loved their passion for the music and how they really went for it every single time. It didn’t matter where they were or if it was a rehearsal or the actual gig, they always sang with total conviction and commitment which was a joy to behold. I spoke to a mix of parents, audience and sponsors and every one of them was clearly moved and rapturous in their praise for the work that La Folia is doing and how important that work is. As indeed am I to anyone who will put up with me raving about it all! Buster Birch, percussion

This morning I went to the cathedral not knowing what to expect from La Folia’s project Magna Songs. I left completely staggered by the inspiring singing of the young people. They were so lucky to have the talented team from La Folia led by Howard Moody to help them find their voices. Watching tenor, Mark Padmore, singing alongside them was a special moment in a morning of tears of joy for me. The voices of two profoundly deaf boys were extraordinary, with one hand on the larynx of soprano, Emily Blows, they followed her lead to produce a song about how they see sounds in their heads as colours. It was a deeply humbling experience that I hope to build upon next year. Ian Wicks – Director of Music, Salisbury Cathedral School

Previously Worked With

Primary schools in Salisbury area; special schools in Salisbury area; special schools in Trowbridge.