Slade’s Don Powell has gathers up around 20 of his drumming mates for a new charity song to raise funds for out of work musicians and crew sidelined by the pandemic.
Slade II member Craig Fenney ran the original idea beside Don who recruited his mate, ELO’s Bev Bevan, and then watched more than a dozen other drummers come to the party.
Guest Drummers Brian Bennett: The Shadows Bev Bevan: Quill, ex Move, ex ELO, ex Black Sabbath Andy Edwards: Robert Plant, IQ, Frost, Rob Brian: Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, Siouxsie Sioux Jamie Little: Jason Donovan, Beverley Knight, Steve Vai Karl Brazil: Robbie Williams, James Blunt Tom Meadows: Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud, Jamie Morrison: The Stereophonics Craig Bacon: Gloria Gaynor, Nimmo Brothers Mickey Barker: Second Vision, Magnum, Bernie Marsden and KoM Derrick McKenzie: Jamiroquai Matt Cowley: Emily Capell, Bernie Marsden Lee Agnew: Nazareth Craig Blundell: Steve Wilson, Steve Hackett ’Sticky’ Wicket: Chris Barber, Jools Holland Richard Rayner: Multiple award winning percussion and drum performer Rebekah Rayner: Session drummer Toby Wilson: Session drummer Mark DeCloedt: EMF
During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. Our research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health. Websites which showed footage from webcams of wildlife saw hits increase by over 2000%. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more.
It was as if we were re-discovering at our most fragile point our fundamental human need to connect with nature.
Nature and our mental health
Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to realise good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. For most of human history, we lived as part of nature. It is only in the last five generations that so many of us have lived and worked in a context that is largely separated from nature. And it is only since a 1960s study in the US found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster, that science has started to unpack the extraordinary health benefits.
During Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, we will pull together the evidence that demonstrates the powerful benefits of nature for our mental health. We will look at nature’s unique ability to not only bring consolation in times of stress, but also increase our creativity, empathy and a sense of wonder. It turns out that it is not just being in nature but how we open ourselves up and interact with nature that counts. We will show that even small contacts with nature can reduce feelings of social isolation and be effective in protecting our mental health, and preventing distress.
Nature is our great untapped resource for a mentally healthy future.
Despite this, many of us are not accessing or benefitting from nature. Teenagers in particular appear to be less connected with nature and around 13% of UK households have no access to a garden. We want to challenge the disparities in who is and who isn’t able to experience nature. Nature is not a luxury. It is a resource that must be available for everyone to enjoy – as basic as having access to clean water or a safe roof over our heads. Local and national governments need to consider their role in making this a reality for everyone, and we will be talking about how they can do so during the week.
What are the goals for the week?
We have two clear aims. Firstly, to inspire more people to connect with nature in new ways, noticing the impact that this connection can have for their mental health. Secondly, to convince decision makers at all levels that access to and quality of nature is a mental health and social justice issue as well as an environmental one.
2021 is going be a huge year for nature: a new Environment Bill will go through the UK Parliament which will shape the natural world for generations to come; the UK will host the G7 nations where creating a greener future will be a key priority and a historic international UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will be hosted in Glasgow in November.
There could not be a more important time to understand the links between nature and mental health.
What you can do
Stories are the best tools we have to influence change. Unless we can demonstrate nature’s role in bringing solace and joy to our lives, it will remain under-valued and under-utilised.
We want to hear your stories of how nature has supported your mental health. This might be as a simple as tending to a house plant, listening to the birds, touching the bark of trees, smelling flowers or writing a poem about our favourite nature spot.
Whatever it is for you, we invite you to #ConnectWithNature and share what this means for you.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, we are asking you to do three things:
Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week. Take a moment to notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!
Share nature: Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Talk about nature: use our tips, school packs, research and policy guides to discuss in your family, school, workplace and community how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment.
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
I have given much thought about whether to post publically about my anxiety, not something a fiftysomething is overly keen to chat about! This graphic below is one of the best examples of showing what anxiety looks and feels like. You don’t necessarily have all of these feelings and emotions, as everyone gets anxious at times. The difference for me and many others is that we can’t stop thinking about scenarios in our heads, worrying about what people will think and say about what we will say and do.
‘Second guessing’ is one of my personal habits that is annoying to me, yet I find it very difficult not to. I am more than often trying to say or do what the person I am interacting with hopes I will say or do. It gets very tiring mentally and you never really switch off. However, four things have helped me greatly…my loving wife & family who understand my anxiety; music as it helps distract and focus my mind away from running through endless scenarios and worries; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques to help when I for example feel a panic attack coming on; and finally nature and the great outdoors.
The latter I enjoy simply by walks, observing the changing wildlife and flora or just by pottering about in the garden. Even in a city you can seek out nature, be it by a walk around a nearby park, looking out for bird life and wildlife near to you, looking at any trees local to you – tree hugging optional 😉 You can reach out to people and the biggest step is asking for some help or even recognising you need to tackle your mental health.
One of the last great taboos in our society is mental health and it doesn’t have to be. Join in this year’s Mental Health Awareness week and find out more here
The second episode from We Are Listening, ‘Expression of Music’ is Studio Moross’ interpretation of music therapy through typography and graphic design. They have taken core beliefs used by Nordoff Robbins music therapists such as ‘We Are Listening’, ‘Faith in Music’ and ‘Music for Good’.Click here to see episode two of We Are Listening
Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Summer School 2021
For a second year running, our international summer school for music therapists will be held online between 19 – 22 July 2021. It includes workshops in musical techniques, sharing music therapy work and seminars discussing music therapy.Click here to find out more about our Summer School
SSE charity raffle for Nordoff Robbins
SSE are running a charity raffle with all proceeds going to Nordoff Robbins. There are some brilliant prizes up for grabs, including VIP packages to the likes of Blondie, Queen and Adam Lambert, Kaiser Chiefs, a signed Tom Walker guitar and a Roger Waters soundwaves art, plus much more. And tickets are just £5 each.Click here to buy a ticket at the SSE charity raffle
The BRIT Awards 2021
The BRIT Awards 2021 will be one of the first major indoor music events to celebrate the return to live music, with a special audience of invited key workers. It will take place on 11 May at The O2 arena in London, and to be broadcast live on ITV.Click here to read more about the BRIT Awards 2021
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 for 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 resourcesAs 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Lockdowns are bad for mental health,” says Molly Karloff’s guitarist and lead singer, SimonGee. “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.”
“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.
Although we may be kept apart, we can still stay socially connected. This month we’re helping people to focus on their relationships. So let’s stay in touch, show friendship and be kind in these challenging times.
Our Friendly February calendar is full of ideas to help you stay connected (online if needed). It really makes a difference when we take time to listen or find ways to make someone’s day better. So please share the calendar.
You can also use our app to receive the daily calendar actions and join a supportive community putting these into practice.
Happiness coaching for challenging times
As Covid continues to restrict our lives, we all need to take good care of our mental wellbeing. One great way to do this is using our free 10-day happiness coaching program for challenging times.
Let’s choose being kind over being right in difficult situations this month. By showing friendship and understanding to others, we can spread tolerance and help ourselves and others to feel more supported.
Music brings us closer together. Music can be made and enjoyed by anyone. And at times like this, the connectivity that music brings is more important than ever.
Whether it’s listening, creating or performing, we truly believe that the shared experience of music will help bring us together.
We have created a number of musical resources and activities aimed at people of all ages and abilities and we’ve made a playlist of our singalongs and On Stage at Home with Clangers videos you can use to help stay connected and upbeat 🎶
As national lockdown restrictions are starting to be relaxed, we’re assessing what this means for our charity and our mission to provide music therapy, train the music therapists of tomorrow and carry out research within music therapy.
Over the last few months, we’ve been developing online and virtual approaches to music therapy so we could continue to support people through music. This will be continuing until at least September as it is still not safe enough to provide face to face music therapy sessions at our centres around the UK. However, we are slowly starting to return to working in organisations like care homes, mental health units, and schools. We hope this will continue to increase in the coming months.
Our education provision has finished for the summer but when the new academic year begins in September our aim is to be able to restart our Master of Music Therapy and PHD programmes with some face to face tuition alongside the online teaching we’ve put in place. We continue to pause our music therapy research work while our focus is on getting our music therapy provision and education back up and running.
We’ll continue to monitor the situation and respond to what people need from us at this moment in time so we can make the most positive impact with music possible. “The Mountbatten choir has helped me so much”– Sue’s Story
The Mountbatten Hospice community choir is run by Nordoff Robbins music therapist, Fraser Simpson. It is made up of around 80 people who used to meet every Wednesday in the hospice’s day centre, but it has now moved online since lockdown. Sue joined the choir in January 2017 not long after it was first started. She joined after her husband passed away, who had been cared for by the Mountbatten Hospice teams. Below we hear from Sue about how the choir has helped her and how it has adapted since lockdown.
“The Bereavement officer in Mountbatten Hospice mentioned to me that the Mountbatten choir was open to everyone, should I like to join.
The choir has helped me so much since my first attendance in January 2017 following my bereavement. I have attended nearly every Wednesday evening since then and it has become a very important part of my life.
Fraser, who runs the Mountbatten choir, has such a unique and special way of welcoming us, and despite the fact that the choir has grown enormously since it started, he always has time for each one of us in a very individual and caring way.
It is a wonderful thing to be able to look forward to each week. To know that there is no pressure and that I will be with people who have been through or experienced similar situations to myself, with who there is an immediate bond. I have made many friends, which has been invaluable in building my new way of life alone.
When ‘lockdown’ occurred, Fraser and Mountbatten were able to assist the choir members who wanted to carry on attending the choir and continue to sing online through ‘Zoom’.
This has been an exciting new challenge and I am so pleased that I have been able to achieve this, using new skills acquired and being able to continue to enjoy singing at this particularly difficult time of lockdown and the feeling of isolation.
It has assisted me in so many ways and I am absolutely sure it has helped my health and well-being enormously over the past three years – all due to Fraser and Mountbatten, to whom I remain indebted.” Watch the Mountbatter Choir perform before lockdown through Joy’s storyMusical Conversations We’ve always wanted to help people access the benefits of music, especially during these challenging times.
This is why we’re introducing Musical Conversations from our music services team. They 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.
We hope it will be an opportunity to share musical interests and to think together about how music can help in coping with the demands of everyday life.
Unlike counselling or psychotherapy, the conversations won’t address specific personal problems or delve into a person’s psyche. Rather we hope it will enable people to focus on the potential benefits of music, listening to music and making music in the contexts of their own lives.
If you think that you or someone you know would benefit from having a conversation about music on the phone with one of our therapists, complete the registration form using the button below and someone will be in touch soon. Register your interestNew Singalong Videos To Help You Stay Connected
We’ve got three brand new Singalong videos for you to join in with.
We know lockdown may be easing, but that doesn’t mean we should all stop using music to connect. With the aptly timed We’re Walking on Sunshine (depending where you are of course), Lean on Me, and Stand By Me, there are three classic songs to sing to and make music with our music therapists. Get involved and sing todayNordoff Robbins Music Quiz More than 465 perople came together in 93 teams from across the music industry to take part in the hotly contested inaugural Nordoff Robbins Online Music Quiz earlier this month. The event not only brought together people from across the music industry, got colleagues and friends in the same (virtual) room and tested some serious music knowledge, but it also raised £6,000 for Nordoff Robbins, helping us to carry on providing music therapy and to safeguard the future of our charity.
A big thanks to our partners at Bose, Bulldog and Sporcle for helping us make it happen. After four very close heats and one tense final, a big well done to our winning team from IMG Golf.
After such success, we’ll be looking at rolling out more quizzes later in the year so watch this space. Virgin Money Online Choir After moving our inclusive community choir online and seeing how it can help with mental health and well-being during the lockdown, we wanted to offer its therapeutic benefits to organisations. We knew it had the possibility of bringing colleagues together and helping mental health and well-being in the workplace.
Virgin Money took us up on our offer and we’ve been working with them for several weeks now to set up and run their first workplace choir for over 50 of their employees.
“I’ve never had any experience of singing with other people, so I was quite nervous. But Emily you were great. I really enjoyed it.”
If your organisation could benefit from a workplace choir get in touch by replying to this email. If you’d prefer to join our inclusive community online choir sign up button below. It runs every Tuesday from 4pm and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Sign up to the choir todaySupergrass perform for Nordoff Robbins and CALM on Friday 21 August Goose Island are giving you the chance to witness the legendary live show of Supergrasswith the band performing at Manchester’s Band On The Wall, playing the festival headline set they wanted to perform for thousands of fans this summer.
Creators of some of the most defining tracks of the last twenty years, Supergrass boast a massive repertoire of hits including ‘Alright,’ ‘Moving’ and ‘Pumping On Your Stereo.’
Click the link below and get your ticket for just £2. All proceeds go to Nordoff Robbins and CALM. Buy a ticket or find out moreMonkey Music Aiming To Raise £20,000 For Nordoff Robbins Monkey Music offer music classes for babies and young children and have supported Nordoff Robbins for many years now. This summer, they’re aiming to raise £20,000 for Nordoff Robbins from their sing and play challenge.
Here’s what they had to say: “We are a large team of Monkey Music families from all over the UK who will sing and play songs during August and September to raise awareness of the importance of singing and playing music in our daily lives for our well-being and mental health. We want to raise awareness about the vital work Nordoff-Robbins music therapists do to enrich the lives of the people they work with.” A Big Thank You To The Worm Club A huge congratulations and thank you to our music industry friends from the likes of Warner, Virgin, SYCO and BMG who dusted off their cycling gear to raise £10,000 for Nordoff Robbins. Members of the ‘The Worm Club’ cycled a total of 300 miles on Friday 24 July to raise as much as possible to support our music therapy work.
Worm Club’s Jeremy Marsh of Warner Music said: “We chose to support Nordoff Robbins, as three of the group have been closely involved in the music business and we’re all touched by the dilemma facing the charity, due to the loss of fundraising events during the Covid crisis” As usual, please let us know if you have any feedback. You can do this by responding to this email.