|“When her eyes hit mine, it’s the most magical feeling in the world and singing together weekly has brought so many of those moments that make my heart sing!”|
|When the outbreak first happened, we had to temporarily stop all our face to face music therapy, this included our inclusive community choir, which is fully accessible and open to people of all ages and abilities.|
We knew the choir could be a lifeline for a lot of people. It provides a welcoming musical space where people can take the next steps in their music therapy journey and can encourage social health and communication through music. So, we took it online.
Music therapist Emily said: “Members felt joining in online helped them feel less isolated. It gave them the opportunity to sing with each other again and to connect as part of our community. It’s lifted the spirits and given people who may not have been able to join us physically the ability to be part of something bigger from the comfort and security of their own homes.”
At first, we started with the existing members of the choir but over the past few weeks we’ve opened it up to anyone, anywhere – it’s quickly grown from 18 online members to 138. We now have members of all ages and abilities from across the globe.
Liz, who is a member with her daughter, Ava, said: “I joined the choir as something else to do with my daughter, Ava. Ava is 12, has complex health needs including cerebral palsy, complex epilepsy and she’s blind.
She’s always loved music and it’s brought us many magical moments over the years. During periods of ill health, where nothing else gets through, music has always had the power to somehow break through the barriers and bring her back to us.
We’ve had some beautiful moments of connection and vocalisation as she finds her own voice and I will never get bored of seeing her looking at me, through eyes that cannot see, to hear me sing. When her eyes hit mine, it’s the most magical feeling in the world and singing together weekly has brought so many of those moments that make my heart sing!
It’s been such a gift to us during lockdown and we are so grateful to Nordoff Robbins for bringing this new virtual world of music to our living room and helping us connect to the world outside whilst we are home shielding Ava.”
Watch some of the members come together to sing ‘Let it Be’ below.
|In times like this, making music matters more than ever. Regardless of ability, you can join inclusive choir sessions every Tuesday at 4pm. All we see is potential.|
|How we’re continuing to support people through music despite Coronavirus|
|Like many charities we’ve been assessing the impact the Coronavirus outbreak is having on our ability to answer our mission which is to provide music therapy, train the music therapists of tomorrow and carry out research within music therapy to find out how we can do more to support the people we work with.|
In March when the outbreak first struck and a national lockdown was put in place, we took the decision to temporarily stop all our music therapy sessions with immediate effect across the UK. The health and wellbeing of those receiving our music therapy, our colleagues, and students was our number one priority then and it continues to be our number one priority now.
We’ve been working to assess ways we can continue to provide some form of musical support for those we work. We’ve been listening to what people need from us at this moment in time to ensure we’re as responsive and useful as possible.
|Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards 2020 Cancelled|
|For the first time in its 45-year history, the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards is not going ahead because of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.|
Due to be staged on 3 July, it is usually one of the highlights in the music industry calendar and it is the biggest annual fundraiser for our charity – last year raising a record-breaking £1m to support our work with vulnerable and isolated children and adults.
|As well as the O2 Silver Clef Awards, most of our other fundraising events and activities have had to be cancelled or postponed this year – meaning we are currently expects to lose around 75% of our fundraising income in 2020, contributing to an anticipated shortfall in revenue of £6million.|
|Announcing our partnership with the new Meerkat Music platform – with help from Take That and Robbie Williams|
|We are delighted to announce a new fundraising partnership with Comparethemarket.com for its new Meerkat Music entertainment platform. We are set to be the official charity partner for the initiative, which kicks off with an exclusive reunion of iconic British band, Take That and Robbie Williams.|
|In a world-first, the band will perform together from their own homes in a streamed online show to the nation via the CompareTheMeerkat YouTube and Facebook Live on Friday 29 May 2020 at 20.00.|
|Stream 4 Scotland – an online festival bringing you some of Scotland’s finest artists|
|Some of Scotland’s most exciting musical talent will come together on Saturday 30 May as they raise vital funds for Nordoff Robbins and Glasgow based PPE charity ViseUp.|
|‘Stream4Scotland’ will take place from 3:00 in the afternoon until 1:00 in the morning and will include performances, Q&As and live chats from over 40 Scottish musicians and DJs, making it the perfect Saturday night entertainment during this difficult time.|
|On Stage at Home – Competition|
|On Stage at Home – To celebrate our collaboration, On Stage at Home, with children’s TV show, Clangers, we’re giving away a selection of Clangers goodies and a pair of BOSE headphones. Something for the kids. Something for you. To enter, you’ll need to join in with one of the On Stage at Home videos and share with us on social. Find out how you can enter here.|
|As well as On Stage at Home, we have the Singalongs for you to access whilst we find ourselves still at home.|
Singalongs – Great for all ages, music lovers or just anyone who likes to sing, these are songs you can sing to and make music with our music therapists.
|Join the Heavy Metal Truants virtual fundraising ride!|
|The charity cycle group are fantastic supporters of Nordoff Robbins and raise money for a number of charities, including NSPCC, Teenage Cancer Trust and Save the Children UK, by making the journey to Download Festival by bike.|
|As the festival will be taking place virtually, the ride will as well, and anyone can sign up to complete the 175 miles. Visit their website to find out more information or to get involved.|