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A keen reader and lover of music plus of course my lifelong support of the mighty Potters, Stoke City! Enjoy running and fundraising.

“Matt used his voice for the first time”

“Matt used his voice for the first time” – Matthew’s story
In his twenties, Matthew sustained a brain injury in a motorbike accident that caused multiple physical injuries, problems with speech and language and more. Here’s his music therapy story. 
Read more and watch Matthew’s story
Autism Awareness Week – 29 March – 4 April
Autism Awareness Week is this week and we’ll be showing how important music can be for people on the autistic spectrum. For more information and advice on how to get involved use the button below.
Read more about music and autism
Amazon Smile – donate to Nordoff Robbins as you shop
Through Amazon Smile, every time you shop on Amazon a charity of your choosing will receive a donation from each purchase, at no extra cost to you. It’s super easy, all you need to do is set your chosen charity and shop. 
Shop at Amazon Smile
Nordoff Robbins presents Share the Stage – starting 7 April
Share the Stage is an online community space for musicians to share music, ideas and experiences. There is a virtual Jam Night on Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month, starting on 7 April. More details will be posted in the group and it is open to all members to either perform or spectate. 
 
Musicians, join the Facebook group
Musical resources for your home
We want to add musical value to your life, which is why we’ve created a suite of musical resources you, your family or friends which are  inclusive and accessible to all. If you’d like to learn an instrument we also have our Accessible Music Learning available.
 
Learn about our musical resources
Wet Wet Wet livestream on Saturday 17 April
In association with Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy charity, Wet Wet Wet will stream an exclusive one hour online show at 7.30pm on Saturday 17 April 2021. Use the button below to buy tickets.
 
Buy tickets to watch Wet Wet Wet
As a charity we receive no government funding, so we rely on the generosity and support of people like you, our supporters. Here are a few ways you can help Nordoff Robbins and the people we help. Fund music for others – you can make a one-off donation or become a regular giver to Nordoff Robbins here.Share your music therapy stories – We would love to hear your stories of how music therapy has helped you or a somebody you know. You can share your story here.Spread the word – We would love you to share our news with your friends and family and encourage them to sign up to our newsletter.We hope you stay safe and are looking after yourself.
The Nordoff Robbins team

The Taerks live this Sunday at 4pm EST and 9pm GMT on GRTR Radio

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Tune in this Sunday at 4pm EST and 9pm GMT to Get Ready to ROCK Radio and Facebook for an hour of live music from Josh Taerk and his brothers. Mix of rock, country, pop and more!

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NORDOF ROBBINS NEWSLETTER FEB 2021

It’s starting to feel a lot more like spring outside, and with the different parts of the UK mapping our way out of lockdown, we’re looking forward to providing more face-to-face music therapy and bringing together our musical communities in person.
“What a gift Hannah’s music was to Levi” – Levi’s story
Levi is five years old, lives with anxiety and has trouble socially interacting. To help with this, he was recommended Nordoff Robbins music therapy.

Sadly, he lost his Grandad shortly before his music therapy started. His Grandad used to play the ukulele and guitar for him, so this was a huge loss musically as well as in every other way.  

He has now been having sessions with music therapist, Hannah, for a year. Here’s what Levi’s mum, Laura has had to say.
We love to hear about how music therapy has helped you or someone you know, or how music has helped you through the past year. If you would like to share your music story with us then please use the button below.
Share your story
On Stage at Home Live! Would your child like to make music with the Clangers? 
We’re back making music with BBC children’s TV show, Clangers, on Wednesday 3 March, 10:00am. The Clangers are a family of loveable, pink, mouse-like creatures who communicate in whistles and live in space on their Little Blue Planet. 

This time we’re putting on a live online (Zoom) music making session for children (under 5) and their parents to sing, clap and move along to, led by our music therapist, Emily, and Tiny and Small Clanger.

If you know someone who would like to join On Stage at Home Live! then sign up below, we’d love to see you there.
Sign up today
Music Making resources available for children
We’ve created brand new, fun, interactive music making video resources for children to be used at home (or school). They are all fully accessible and made specifically for children and young people to make music with our music therapists.

There’s something for everyone with five different activities and 20 videos, including music making, sensory music time, singing and signing, mindful music and Lou’s digital music makers.
Find out more
Got a taste for whisky? Join our virtual whisky tasting evening on 25 March
Join us on Thursday 25 March, 7:15pm for a virtual whisky tasting fundraiser from Seamus Bar, Isle of Skye.

You don’t have to be a whisky expert to join in, it is open for anyone who enjoys the taste or simply wants to experience an evening of whisky tasting.

There’s a lovely line up of whisky (from Glenfiddich to Balvenie) and all proceeds will go towards helping us to provide more music therapy to vulnerable people across the UK.

Tickets are £185 per person and you can book or find out more by contact Lydia.hughes@nordoff-robbins.org.uk
The Legends of Rugby auction is now live!
The long-standing Legends of Rugby event in aid of Nordoff Robbins, which sees the world of rugby and music come together in a celebration of one of England’s Rugby heroes, will take place virtually on Friday 26 February 2021.

To run alongside the event, they are running a virtual auction with some really cool prizes. 
So, if you fancy getting your hands on a Ronnie Wood or Jimi Hendrix print, sports memorabilia, hospitality sports packages or even a Michelin star meal then check out the Legends of Rugby auction today.
Check out the auction here
Specsavers Scottish Music Awards 2020 shortlisted at the Digital Awards
We’re thrilled to be shortlisted for the Best Digital Fundraising Event at this year’s Digital Awards.

The virtual ceremony saw some of Scotland’s biggest stars come together and raised over £90,000 to help us to carry on providing music therapy in the middle of the pandemic.

Don’t worry if you missed it, they’ll be a very special edition coming out soon, so keep your eyes peeled as we’ll be sharing more in the March newsletter.
Ways Nordoff Robbins can help you
At Nordoff Robbins we want to bring musical value to your life. The power of music has never been more important than during lockdown, where many of us find ourselves isolated from friends and family. Below are musical resources for you, your family or friends which are fully inclusive and accessible to all.  On Stage at Home Live! – Join us and the Clangers live on Wednesday 3 March, 10:00 am for a live online music making session for preschool children. Sign up here today, there are only limited spaces available.Music Making – Brand new musical resources for children to use at home. Fully inclusive and accessible, there are over 20 interactive music making sessions available. Find out more here.Inclusive online choir – Our inclusive online choir runs every Tuesday from 4pm and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. If you’d like to find out more or get involved click here. Singalongs – Singing is an essential means of staying well, of promoting social bonds and strengthening communities. Our music therapists have created a suite of singalong packages to suit people of all ages and abilities. Click here to view our Singalong packages.Musical Conversations – Musical Conversations give you the opportunity to talk about music with one of our music therapists – who are all musicians and understand the importance of music in everyday life. Find out more here.
Ways you can help Nordoff Robbins
As a charity we receive no government funding, so we rely on the generosity and support of people like you, our supporters. Fund music for others – you can make a one-off donation or become a regular giver to Nordoff Robbins here.Share your music therapy stories – We would love to hear your stories of how music therapy has helped you or a somebody you know. You can share your story here.Spread the word – We would love you to share our news with your friends and family and encourage them to sign up to our newsletter.
Kind regards,
The Nordoff Robbins team

February update from Make-A-Wish

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As we move into March, we’re bringing you some heart-warming stories that are guaranteed to brighten up your day! From Tiara’s wish for a bedroom makeover to the re-starting of wish visits, 2021 is already filling us with positivity!

Tiara’s Princess Bedroom Makeover

Four-year-old Tiara, from Llanelli in Wales, has never had her own room before.

Tiara was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome and so for her safety, her family all share one bedroom. But a princess needs her space and somewhere to hang all those dresses.

With the help of Kinderoo Childrens Interior, Make-A-Wish UK had the pleasure of granting her unique wish – ‘to have a princess bedroom makeover’.Read Tiara’s story

How We Talk About Cancer

Amelia, 19, wishes to give a TEDx talk about the language we use when talking about a cancer diagnosis. In particular, the words ‘fighting’ and ‘battle’.

On #WorldCancerDay (4th February 2021), we invited her to lead the conversation over on our Instagram account.  She also wrote a guest blog post, which explains how her diagnosis influenced her choice of wish. Read Amelia’s guest blogCatch up with the Instagram Takeover

Good News!

Coronavirus stopped wish visits in their tracks last March, leaving nearly 100 seriously ill children waiting to discuss their once in a lifetime wish. But we’re pleased to announce that our volunteer Wish Visitors can now carry out those visits safely again – via video call. 

Lynn is just one of those volunteers. Thanks to her support, other children whose wishes are waiting will now start moving along their wish journey.

Charlie’s Superhero sprints raise over £700!

To help grant wishes, Charlie (5) is running 500m everyday in February, dressed as a different superhero. Soaring above his target of £500, he is already up to an amazing £790. 

We’d like to thank Charlie for being committed to helping other children. He’s the best kind of superhero, a #WishHero!Check out his costumes

Are you looking to challenge yourself?

You can join us on 31st May 2021 for the capital’s most inspiring 10km; Vitality London 10,000.

On the day, it will be socially distanced and you’ll be helping to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

What are you waiting for? Learn more

Josh Taerk Facebook Live/Live Radio Broadcast Sunday 21 Feb 4pm EST/9pm GMT

It’s time for another GRTR Sunday Sessions Live Stream and live radio broadcast! Tune in this Sunday at 4:00pm by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio

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You can also stream Josh’s lastest playlist here

Watch the January show here

Paul Carrack Announces New Single, New Album To Follow

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The legendary British vocalist Paul Carrack (Mike + The Mechanics, Ace) has announced the release of new single ‘You’re Not Alone’ on 19th February 2021 across all digital platforms via his own independent label Carrack-UK.

The single’s release will precede the release of his new studio album ‘One On One’ this summer, the eighteenth of Carrack’s career, and his first since 2018’s critically acclaimed ‘These Days’.

The releases are the culmination of Carrack’s time spent working in his recording studio since the first lockdown began in March 2020, where he wrote, recorded and produced every song on ‘One On One’. In addition, Carrack playing all of the instruments, making his latest work the definition of a solo album in every sense.

Dubbed by the BBC as The Man With The Golden Voice, Carrack’s breakthrough moment came when he wrote and sang ‘How Long’, the much-covered…

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Molly Karloff release new single in aid of mental health charity Oxfordshire Mind

NEW SINGLE “SHE SAID”
REMIXED BY ROMESH DODANGODA RELEASED FRIDAY 19th FEBRUARY 2021
PRE-SAVE THE SINGLE
All PROCEEDS IN AID OF UK MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY “OXFORDSHIRE MIND”
MOLLY KARLOFF SIGN RECORD DEAL WITH OFF YER ROCKA
Molly Karloff, the hard-hitting Oxfordshire-based power trio are set to release their new single ‘She Said’ (Romesh Remix) on Friday February 19th

All proceeds from the single will be donated to the UK mental health charity Oxfordshire Mind. The single is now available to pre-save from https://mollykarloff.hearnow.com

“Lockdowns are bad for mental health,” says Molly Karloff’s guitarist and lead singer, Simon Gee. “We’ve decided to raise money to help those people who are suffering most. Mental health is a serious issue and that’s why the band are showing their support by donating all proceeds from the new singleOxfordshire Mind.”

“Mind provides help and support to anyone affected by mental health problems. People can donate by pre-saving and ordering the single from https://mollykarloff.hearnow.com or they can donate via our JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/molly-karloff.”

“We’re thrilled to hear that the rock band Molly Karloff has chosen to support Oxfordshire Mind by donating the proceeds of their new single,” says Kathryn Pickup, Community Fundraiser at Oxfordshire Mind.

“The pandemic is changing our lives and placing huge amounts of stress on our mental health. The self-isolation and social distancing measures in place, as well as fears about the virus itself, are adding to the pressures of the current situation.”

Covid-19 has dramatically highlighted the need for services like ours. Our fundraising has been reduced significantly due to cancelled events and activities over the past few months. We are incredibly grateful for supporters like the rock band Molly Karloff.”

“We have a range of services available, from our Information Line where people can call or email to get support and advice for themselves or others, to peer support groups which bring together people who have a shared experience with mental health in a safe and welcoming space, and crisis support services like our Oxford and Banbury Safe Havens. We have adapted our services to ensure that anyone who needs us can still get support.”

“At Oxfordshire Mind, we firmly believe that everyone who experiences mental health difficulties should have somewhere to turn to for advice and support. By supporting us in this way, Molly Karloff are helping to ensure that we can continue to make that happen.”

To coincide with the new single, Molly Karloff have inked a recording deal with Off Yer Rocka Records who will release the band’s next two studio albums.

Since the release of their ‘Supernaturalation’ EP in 2020, Molly Karloff have cemented their place in the rock music scene with rave reviews and dedicated social engagement.

Having already worked with Romesh Dodangoda (Bullet for My Valentine, Funeral For A Friend, Bring Me The Horizon), on the remix of their previous single ‘Do It Again’, the band invited him back to remix ‘She Said’.  A music video directed by Charlie Smith of Mind Art Visual, will coincide with the new single.

Molly Karloff is Simon Gee (vocals, guitar), Dan Podbery (bass) and Jowie Adkins (drums).

Powerplay Mag described ‘She Said’ as, “Straight to the naughty centre, ballsy rock.” 9/10.

Hard Rock Hell Magazine described Molly Karloff’s music as “An assault on your brain sort of music, smashing its way into your head and staying there in a fabulous way. I bloody love it!”

“I originally wrote the opening riff without the wah, which was added by mistake one day in rehearsal,” recalls Simon. “It sounded cool, so we kept it that way. Everything else evolved from there. The chorus is infectious. You can’t get it out of your head.”

Watch the trailer for the official music video for “She Said” here