It's back! And it's better than ever! Our annual awareness day Get Loud returns on 25 September 2019. Lineup released Tuesday 6 August 2019. Be the first in the know! See the link in the description to be first to know this year's artists. #GetLoud
Olivia has multiple learning difficulties and social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Through the support offered in music therapy, she has been given a space which has allowed her to be creative, build confidence and explore her own musical voice - with incredible results! Her therapist Guy said: “Through music therapy, Olivia has been able to find words to express her own thoughts and recognise that even though she loves to sing other people’s songs, she can also be confident in her own song writing.” Together they've co-written a rather catchy song called 'Creativity' - watch Oliva and Guy perform it here it:
Flashback Friday back to our Nordoff Robbins Football Tournament 2019, which took place in Manchester and would not have been possible without the support of @heineken_uk, @kappa_official @hotelfootballuk and GG Events UK! Here's to 2020! ⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽
Our annual four day Summer School has officially kicked off! Music therapists have gathered from around the world at our centre in London to learn more about the Nordoff Robbins approach to music therapy. We welcome you all! ☀️ 🎶 #musictherapy
The #O2SilverClefs Awards are today…check out the attendees as they arrive on the blue carpet @grosvenorhouselondon! The event is one of the highlights of the music industry calendar and has raised over £10 million for Nordoff Robbins since it started in 1976. Today, we’ll be honouring some of the best talent in the music industry, including @teddysphotos @samsmith @dualipa @thechemicalbrothers @yearsandyears @bep @shekuKM @Mabel @garynuman and #BernardSumner! 💙🎶
In anticipation of the O2 Silver Clef Awards taking place next month, we’re sharing #LifeChangingMusic stories. Read how music therapy helped Charlie and his family to cope during his difficult cancer treatment... Three year old Charlie had regular music therapy sessions with our music therapist Alison while he was in hospital undergoing intensive treatment for Leukaemia. During that time Alison used music to support Charlie's developmental needs and offer him the social interaction that he was missing out on. Music therapy also provided a space for Charlie to simply play and have fun, while enjoying time with his mum, who said: “Charlie had to endure some extremely traumatic, painful and distressing times as part of his treatment for Leukaemia. The music therapy sessions were absolutely invaluable in soothing and bringing happiness to a very poorly child fighting cancer. Seeing Charlie happy made everyone in the room happy - the music would literally transform our day.” Swipe to see Charlie now, and him and Alison making music together during his time in hospital…
What do @teddysphotos @samsmith @dualipa @thechemicalbrothers @yearsandyears @bep @shekukannehmason and @mabel have in common? THEY WILL ALL BE WINNING @o2Music SILVER CLEF AWARDS AT THIS YEAR’S EVENT! The #O2SilverClefs awards are one of the highlights of the music industry calendar and have raised almost £10million for our life-changing #musictherapy work since they started in 1976. We’re delighted to announce that these talented artists will be honoured with incredibly well-deserved awards at this year’s event, which is taking place next month! #LifeChangingMusic Find out more via the link in our bio…
Good luck to the amazing @hmtruants who set off from @yourallypally this morning on an epic 185 mile bike ride to @downloadfest! The group are taking on the challenge for the seventh time to help raise vital funds for Nordoff Robbins, @teenage_cancer and @nspcc_official - what legends! 🙌🏼🚲
Today, along with @hrh.london, we’re unveiling the victor of our #Bedroom2Dancefloor competition - a nationwide search to discover Britain’s next big #DJ star. We’re delighted to announce that @dj_connor_scott, from Birmingham, won over the public in a voting victory, as well as impressing our elite judging panel of music experts, to become Britain’s best bedroom DJ! Connor said: “Winning the bedroom to dancefloor competition has opened up so many opportunities for me. Music is very important to me, and Nordoff Robbins are a charity that I think is doing amazing work. Music has had a massive benefit on my own mental health and I’ve seen how it can give someone who maybe can’t speak or communicate easily, an outlet” Congratulations to Connor and thank you to all the talented DJs that entered the competition! We would also like to thank our expert panel of judges for giving their time and expertise to support the competition, and to @hrh.london, @sohoradio, @nativeinstruments and @pointblankmusicschool for generously donating the incredible prizes!
A massive thank you to the amazing ‘Team Monkey’ @monkeymusicuk who took part in the East Grinstead #triathlon yesterday to support our work. By taking on the challenge, the group have raised almost £16,000 to help us reach even more people with life-changing music - incredible!
Our mission is to make music therapy available to all those who need it. We support thousands of people by working in partnership with schools, day centres, care homes, hospitals, hospices and mental health units, as well as at our centres and in community settings – where we provide music therapy services for free, ensuring our life-changing work reaches those who need it most. Music therapy can help a child with #autism to communicate, enable someone with #dementia to regain their sense of identity, or provide comfort for someone facing a #terminalillness. We're incredibly proud that in 2018 we reached more people in more places, than ever before. Read our newly published annual review via the link in our bio.
Congratulations to the incredible runners who completed the @londonmarathon at the weekend to raise vital funds for Nordoff Robbins! Thanks to Louise, Kathryn, Adam B, Chris, Lucie, Alex and Adam H all taking on the epic challenge, we'll be able to reach more vulnerable and isolated people with life-changing music therapy! #londonmarathon2019 🏃🏼♀️🏃🏽♂️
It’s been a year since @theofficialsting opened our Newcastle music therapy centre, joined by @rickontour of @kaiserchiefs ! The bespoke centre was built through the generous support we received from the @grahamwyliefoundation and has enabled us to deliver more life-changing music therapy to people across the North East. One of the individuals who we’ve been able to reach through the Newcastle centre is David, whose carer said: "Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy is the highlight of David's, and our, week. Despite his complex, multiple disabilities he seems to anticipate the day he attends the centre and chuckles for hours after, having enjoyed the music therapy session. There is very little that he can access in the wider community, so having music therapy in Newcastle has helped improve the quality of life of our entire family…Happy Birthday Newcastle Nordoff Robbins, and many thanks!”
Meet Ewen and Francesa, who were all smiles in their music therapy session at The Royal Blind School in #Edinburgh today! Music therapist Francesca uses music to encourage Ewen, who has Dystonic Cerebral Palsy, to move his arms, use his voice and to become more confident in himself!
To mark #WorldMusicTherapyDay our music therapist Anna shared her thoughts on her work and the power of music saying: “People might not always be able to communicate verbally, but are often longing for social connection. Sometimes words are too painful and music affords a safe way to interact and be playful. Sometimes music lets a person say: 'This is me! I have ideas and choices that I can express through music.' As a music therapist, I work in a wide range of settings, but every day brings challenge, wonder and above all, joy. It’s my dream job!"
In the lead up to #worldmusictherapyday on Friday, we're sharing thoughts from some of our music therapists about the power of music. Joe, who delivers many of his music therapy sessions to individuals facing serious illness, including #cancer, said: "Serious illness and social isolation often go hand-in-hand and whilst there are incredible ways of managing illness, the associated isolation and loneliness can remain unaddressed. In music therapy we can effectively foster experiences of meaningful connection and companionship, supporting a person’s overall wellbeing when they are living with a serious illness."
Eilidh, who has a life-limiting illness, takes part in music therapy at her children's hospice and says: “It is really exciting because I get to play lots of different instruments and learn new things. It makes me very happy." Seven-year-old Elidih has frequent hospital treatment and her health needs are unpredictable. Speaking of how music has helped Eilidh, her mum Rhona said: “The music therapy sessions have proved a welcome distraction from everyday life and the many changes Elidih has had to overcome in school, home and hospital life recently. As the sessions have progressed we have noticed that music therapy isn’t just about fun anymore but also how Eilidh has used it to express her emotions and frustrations. She counts down the days until her next session and wants to let everyone know what she's been doing and learning!"
Scottish musician @iamtomwalker has released a new version of his hit single “Leave a Light On” in support of Nordoff Robbins! The new version of the track, in which Tom is joined by sensational bagpipe band the @redhotchillipipers, quickly went viral after several live performances. On choosing to support our work Tom said: “Nordoff Robbins is the perfect charity to support with this single. The work they do changes the lives of people who find it hard to communicate in other ways and as a musician that really hits home with me. Plus, they kindly gave me my very first award in 2017 when I won UK Breakthrough at the Scottish Music Awards, so thanks for that! I hope this new version can raise some money to support their fantastic team of music therapists across Scotland." Thank you to Tom and the “Pipers” for their generosity, which will help us reach more people with life-changing music therapy across #Scotland!
If you’re in need of a motivation boost to get training, why not challenge yourself and do something amazing for people in need of music therapy? We simply wouldn’t be able to reach the vulnerable and isolated people we help with music if it weren’t for our incredible supporters, so if you’re feeling up for it, check out our upcoming challenge events via the link in our bio! 🚴🏼♀️🏊🏼♂️🏃🏼♀️🏅
Esther takes part in music therapy sessions at a community day centre that supports refugees and asylum seekers. Many of the refugees at the centre have been imprisoned or tortured in their home countries, and a lot of the women have experienced domestic violence, forced marriage, or female genital mutilation. Although Esther faces uncertainty surrounding her health, her future, and when she will see her family, in music she feels supported, confident and strong.
Congratulations to our friends @rudimentaluk, who are releasing their new album "Toast to Our Differences" tomorrow. Swipe to watch what happened when they visited our London music therapy centre, to see for themselves how we use music to change lives...
Last night, stars from the world of sport and entertainment attended the 24th annual Legends of #RugbyDinner where @dannycare9 was inducted into the legends hall of fame! The dinner, hosted by @vernonkay, featured incredible performances from @sharleenspiteri of Texas, @kttunstall, and @collettecooper. On receiving the award, Danny said: “Nordoff Robbins is an environment where people can go to enjoy and express themselves - it’s an unbelievable charity and I was very honoured to visit the Nordoff Robbins music therapy centre." A huge thank you to Danny, VU Limited, our event sponsors @o2sports , and to everyone who supported us so generously last night, helping to raise funds to change the lives of vulnerable and isolated people through music.
Music therapist Charlotte, worked with a bereavement support group to write and record their song: “Looking Forward, Not Forgetting.” The group wanted the song to reflect the pain, processing, glimmers of hope, learning and growing they had all been through. The song begins: “Your smile would greet me every day, your eyes could tell me all there was to say. You’re still with me in every way. I’m never alone just a heartbeat away. An empty chair, one cup instead of two. But I will not walk alone. Looking forward, not forgetting that I am who I am because of you.” Charlotte said: “I’m thankful they shared their experiences so openly, so that I could help them to create something tangible that we are all proud of, and that can be listened to again and again.”
Next week, @dannycare9 will be inducted into the Legends of Rugby hall of fame at the 2019 Legends of Rugby Dinner, which will be raising funds to help us change more lives through music. Ahead of the event, Danny came to visit our London centre to meet one of music therapists and hear more about our work!
Music therapy has helped Sandra and her son Genesis, who has autism, to overcome their biggest challenge; communicating and understanding each other. Sandra said: “It was in music therapy that Genesis said his first full sentence - he said ‘Music time mummy’, which is a moment that will stay with me forever. Where we once had to rely on pictures and visuals, we can now communicate verbally through music. My Genesis always liked music, but to learn that he had a real talent for it too made me so proud. Music therapist Joe has opened up my son’s world, by focusing on what he can do, not what he can’t. My son comes out of sessions happy and smiling, which is all I ever wanted for him. Put simply, Nordoff Robbins has saved my son and I am forever grateful for that.”
"Dementia is a cruel disease. It’s taken Mum away and left a hollow shell. I live with her and yet she has no idea who I am. Some days I’m her mother, others her sister, but mostly I’m that nice lady. It breaks my heart." Betty came from a musical household in Ireland, and loved dancing. Music therapist Kariina plays old Irish songs which resonate with Betty and take her back to when she was younger - she remembers the words, sings and even gets up to dance. Dementia took away a part of Betty's former-self, but music therapy has helped to unlock a part of her that her daughter's thought had gone forever. ➡️ Swipe to watch Betty’s story...
When he was in his twenties, Matthew sustained a brain injury in a motorbike accident that caused multiple physical injuries, problems with speech and language, cognitive impairment and some behavioural issues. A few years after his accident, Matthew was admitted to Tŷ Aberdafen, a brain injury rehabilitation centre in Wales, where he began a multi-discipline rehabilitation programme. Over the last year this has included music therapy with our music therapist Lucie who said: "Music therapy has been a valuable part of Matthew’s rehabilitation this past year, supporting his social, physical, cognitive and communication goals. His sessions also offer him an experience of empowerment through being in control and leading, which feels highly significant in the context of his life.”
Ali was forced to flee his home in Iran, leaving behind his life, family and friends. Music therapy has helped him to connect to others, and given him a source of hope - where Ali felt like he didn’t have a voice, music has given him the chance to be heard. Swipe to watch his story...
Along with @hrh.london and the amazing @LCVchoir we've been out in #London today spreading festive cheer and raising funds to help give more people the #GiftOfMusic . Swipe to see the London Contemporary Choir in action...
The incredible @george_ezra recently visited our London centre to join Ben in his music therapy session. To give you that festive feeling, swipe to hear him wishing you all a Merry Christmas and sharing his all-time favourite Christmas song! #GiftOfMusic
We're delighted to announce our new partnership with @rock_choir and that the incredible @carolineredmanlusher has become an official ambassador for Nordoff Robbins! Together we'll be working to reach even more people with the life-changing power of music across the UK.
Our beneficiary Mary, who has communicative and physical difficulties, takes part in music therapy sessions with Antonia. Stacey, a teacher at the special needs school Mary attends said: "Thinking back to when Mary started she was so quiet and passive and she didn't want to hold anything and definitely didn't want to vocalise. To see her now, especially with the piano - the confidence she has and the vocalisation because she's been so excited to be a part of it - it's brilliant...it's like a little bit of magic." ➡️ Swipe to see Mary and Antonia playing the piano together! 🎹
Ali was forced to flee his home in Iran, fearing for his life after facing severe persecution. Fleeing was the only way to protect his future but it meant leaving behind his life, family and friends. Ali said: "When I first arrived, I felt so lost and lonely. Life was so difficult that I even thought about suicide, because I missed my home and my family so much." Ali first heard about Nordoff Robbins through the Croydon Refugee Day Centre he was attending, and soon started music therapy sessions with Kerry. Music has given Ali the opportunity to connect to others, and to be valued in doing so - where Ali felt like he didn’t have a voice, music has given him the chance to be heard. ➡️ Swipe to see Ali making music with his music therapist, Kerry, and Ali as a child at home in Iran.
On #WorldKindnessDay we want to say a big thank you to our incredible supporters - your generosity and kindness enable us to fulfill our mission of delivering life-changing music to vulnerable and isolated people.
Music therapist Dominika Dopierala trained and obtained her Master of Music Therapy degree at our London centre. After graduating, she returned home to her native Poland to set up the country’s first music therapy service, Nordoff Robbins Poland, in 2016. As well as running music therapy sessions and workshops in schools, higher education institutions, hospitals and special education centres, the organisation, which doesn’t have its own base, predominantly focuses on organising community music projects in public spaces and city centres. These sessions focus on social diversity; participants with disabilities, people who are homeless, people with mental health problems, the elderly, families and passers-by are all invited to join in with the music-making. Dominika said: "We believe that everyone can share in music, whatever their musical experience, personal history or abilities are. We want to gather people around what we all have in common: our inner musicality as well as a repertoire of well-known traditional songs.” The organisation's longer-term goal is to open a Nordoff Robbins Poland Centre for Music and Music Therapy in Poznań. Dominika and her team hope that this will be the start of more regular music therapy services and workshops, as well as enabling the training of Nordoff Robbins therapists. She said: “We are counting for fair winds, looking ahead of us with pleasure and excitement.”
Guests @themitsaward 2018 heard from Kathy, the mum of one of our beneficiaries, Patsy, who lives with autism: “While she may be different, she is certainly not less. I knew my little girl could achieve if she just got the right support, and I also knew that music could be the key. So, in 2016 Patsy started music therapy with Nordoff Robbins.” Aged two, Patsy was still not speaking and after numerous hospital appointments she was finally diagnosed. Kathy said: “I will never forget that day. When the diagnosis came, it was like my world had stopped, I had been in total denial until this point.” Patsy, now six, is home schooled and requires round-the-clock care due to her very complex needs. Her inability to communicate makes her very frustrated and she cannot join in games, events or play, which makes her very isolated. However, since starting music therapy, life has changed for Patsy – it has given her creative music-making opportunities which have allowed her to express herself, communicate, develop her social skills and play with other children which Kathy described as amazing and life-changing! Thank you @kathy_kellyuk for sharing your inspiring story.
We’re thrilled to announce that the legendary @nilerodgers will be performing alongside a host of amazing entertainers and celebrity readers at our magical #Christmas carol concert! Each year the event raises thousands of pounds to help us change lives through music and we can assure you that it's not one to ‘mistletoe’ out on! Tickets for the carol service can be purchased via the link in our bio🎄✨
Today ten amazing students graduated from our Master of Music Therapy programme, along with one PhD student. We are thrilled for the graduates, who will now go out and use the expertise they have learnt over the past two years to provide world-class music therapy in the schools, hospitals, clinics, care homes, community centres and hospices in which they work. Our MMT Programme Convenor, Simon Procter, addressed the students at the ceremony saying: ‘Music therapy is hard work but it’s worth it because we get to give voice to the voiceless, to musically include the socially excluded, to give people labelled as ill or disabled experiences of their own wellness and ability. To spend time truly musically attending to another who is in need is the greatest privilege a musician can have.’ Congratulations to all our new graduates and good luck as you continue your careers!
Loud sounds and music used to cause little Flynn distress but now he sings every day! Flynn has cerebral palsy and his physical and cognitive impairments mean that he can’t walk or sit up and he also has a sensitivity to certain noises, which means he can become very anxious or excited in certain situations. However, through music therapy Flynn’s concentration and focus has improved, as well as his ability to deal with loud noises. Speaking of her son’s progression his mum said: ‘He’s so much more vocal now than he was before he started and I think that’s a direct result of music therapy. Now you hear him in the back of the car everyday on the drive to school, singing songs and making up the words – I don’t know if there’s a nicer sound than hearing your child singing.’ Find out how we’re changing lives through music via the link in our bio.🎵💜
Regram @thescriptofficial : “Music gave me a sense that I could break away. I know it sounds like a cliché, but to me, as a kid, that was my way out.” Music can provide an incredibly important sense of well-being and freedom so we couldn't agree more with The Script, who recently visited our London centre and met our beneficiary Beckett (swipe to see)! After watching six-year-old Beckett’s music therapy session the band said: “This establishment and what they do is so incredible - to see what took place there in the room today and the effect it had on Beckett. We know the impact that music can have, but to see music at this level – we’ve never seen that before.” Read more about how we’re using music to change lives via the link in our bio.
Seriously, @thescriptofficial have the best fans in the world!! From @thescriptfamilycharityevent - ANNOUNCEMENT The Script Family Art and Music Charity Event will take place on the evening of Saturday 20 October 2018 at @thegrangeealing in London, and we will be raising money in support of Nordoff Robbins! #thescript #fundraising #nordoffrobbins #musictherapy #lifechangingmusic
Thank you to the @hmtruants!! Only two days to go until this incredible night of Rock Karaoke, the greatest GnR tribute band @guns2rosesofficial, the finest Metal DJs flying in from Sweden and lots of awesome PRIZES!! 100% of all proceeds go to charity, which includes us! #guns2roses #kararocks #jacksolomonssoho #heavymetaltruants #livemusiclondon #livemusic #heavymetal #teenagecancertrust #childline #nordoffrobbins #soholondon
Which song reminds you of your BFF? Tag your friend and share the song with us in the comments and you can win a @BoseUK SoundLink Revolve Portable Speaker along with your song being on our Friendship @spotify playlist! Winner announced at 5pm on Friday 17th August. Good luck! #nordoffrobbins #musictherapy #lifechangingmusic #GetLoud #bose
We can't get enough of @ninanesbitt's new tune. HUGE BANGER!! Nina will be Getting Loud for Nordoff Robbins at Omeara on Weds 26th September. For tickets, click link in bio! #nordoffrobbins #musictherapy #lifechangingmusic #GetLoud #ninanesbitt
We are so excited to announce our #GetLoud 2018 sessions! 11 Gigs, 6 Cities, 1 night! More info to follow today - tickets on sale this Friday 3rd Aug - 9am!! Click link in bio for more info! #nordoffrobbins #music #musictherapy #lifechangingmusic #getloud
We’re sharing a very special announcement tomorrow at 9am! Tune in then to find out more #GetLoud