“I feel like we have transformed people’s views and opinions about people with learning disabilities. We’ve shown them
that there is more to us than they think. They really believe what they see on stage and enjoy it. We want to break
South Londoner Pino Frumiento MBE co-founded Heart n Soul in 1986. He has had a long and successful songwriting career and has travelled the world performing from Denmark to South Korea. He has written over fifty songs and continues to perform today. He has also appeared in films and TV, including Channel 4’s Road Trip (2003) and Heart n Soul's Celebrity Shotgun.
Pino met fellow Heart n Soul co-founder Mark Williams in 1984 at the Mulberry Centre in Deptford where Mark was running music workshops for people with learning disabilities. It was soon clear that Pino was not only an excellent singer, but could also write songs. When the group moved to the Albany they renamed themselves Heart n Soul after one of Pino’s first songs.
Pino says his songwriting is heavily inspired by romance. His musical heroes include Cliff Richard, The Beatles and Dusty Springfield.
In 2010, Pino was awarded an MBE for his services to disability arts. This achievement was celebrated at Heart n Soul Now. Guests were treated to the Music of Pino Show, where Heart n Soul artists covered a selection of songs written by Pino over the past twenty-five years.
In 2011, Pino was chosen as one of the twenty most inspirational people with learning disabilities in the UK by Viewpoint magazine. He also joined Heart n Soul’s Board of Trustees who make sure the organisation is well run.
In 2014, Pino's latest song 'A Loving Kiss' was heard at Heart n Soul's the Tunnel of Love installation at the Southbank Centre and he also performed his tracks at last year's The Beautiful Octopus Club which you can watch here.