This is a tribute page to our friend and colleague Simon D’Souza
Simon, was a founder member of AudioActive when it began as part of The Hangleton and Knoll Project, back in 2000.
Simon D’Souza passed away in May 2014. Everyone at AudioActive is deeply saddened by his loss. But, we’re proud that Simon’s legacy lives on as the Simon D’Souza Award.
Every year, AudioActive will award a young person who has shown commitment and energy to make a positive contribution to music.
The first Simon D’Souza Award was presented to rapper Matt Woodward.
Matt said: “I am totally stunned that I got this. I can’t thank everyone enough. I would not be here performing if it wasn’t for AudioActive tutors and The Lab music project they run in Rye.” As part of the award, Matt was given a prize of a day in a professional recording studio
As AudioActive’s first Project Manager he was instrumental in pioneering a lot of the work that we all do today. When AudioActive became an independant organisation in 2004, Simon devoted a lot of his time as a Trustee.
He was also widely admired as a fantastic musician, inspiring educator and all round brilliant person respected by adults and young people alike.
We will miss him very much, and we send our sincerest, best wishes to his family. Simon’s passing came far too early in his life, but his amazing positive attitude and the legacy of his work will stay with us for a long time.