I want to take this opportunity to update you about what has been happening at our music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins.
Like many other charities, we are being severely impacted by the current Coronavirus outbreak and national lockdown. Given the vulnerable people we work with we have had to temporarily stop all our face-to-face music therapy provision to protect their health and that of our staff. But we know for many of those we support we are a vital lifeline for social connection, mental health and well-being. So we are exploring ways we can provide some form of music therapy remotely online as quickly and safely as possible.
More than ever we are seeing that making music matters; it can unite people and lift spirits in a way few other activities can, helping people connect with themselves. And so we are doing everything we can to respond to the growing need in our communities for ways to help people cope with social isolation and maintain their mental well-being. As well as trying to move our therapy online where appropriate, we’re also developing virtual online choirs and creating digital resources for people to make music together at home, including an exciting collaboration with the children’s TV show, Clangers. You can learn more about these resources below.
However, the rapid shutdown of society has caused massive financial pressure on charities like ours. The situation has forced the cancellation of most of our fundraising activities for the next few months at least, which means we have no income coming in at the moment.
We have joined the rest of the charity sector under the banner #NeverMoreNeeded to campaign for more financial support from the Government to help charities survive this crisis. Anything you can do to add our voice to this will help.
I understand how everyone is juggling so much at the moment, so I’d like to thank you for your continuing support during these times. Keep safe, keep making music and keep connecting.
Kind regards, Sandra Schembri CEO Ways Nordoff Robbins can help you during this timeOn stage at home with The Clangers – We’re excited to announce the launch of our collaboration with children’s TV show, Clangers, called On Stage at Home. We’ve created songs with our music therapists and Clangers to get young children to connect through making music – using homemade instruments, movement, body percussion and voice. Suitable for all abilities, watch the first two videos today.Find out more
Singalongs – Last week we launched Singalong with a bit of rock n roll. This week, we’ve got some exciting Queen for you to give a go. Great for all ages and music lovers, these are songs you can sing to and make music with our music therapists. Find out more Online choir – Our online choir is running every Tuesday at 4pm. Everyone is welcome to join in and find support in music, regardless of experience or ability. If you’d like to get involved or know someone who would, sign up today here.Find out more Other ways you can support Nordoff RobbinsGivergy Prize Draw – We’re hosting an exciting prize draw over the next few weeks. From just £5 a ticket you could win prizes from a signed Johnny Marr pedal, an Arsenal shirt signed by the team and a bundle of Marshall equipment.
Not only will you have the chance to win some great prizes, but by entering, you’ll also help to raise vital funds for us. Every ticket sold from this prize draw will help us safeguard the future of our charity, and crucially, allow us to be there for people who need us most. Enter prize draw United We Stream – People around the world can enjoy Greater Manchester’s art and culture through a new website streaming live music and performances every night, with 8% of funds raised coming to us. Live every night from 7pm, it’s free to access (but with donations welcome). Help spread the world and tell all your friends and family. Find out more Graeme Park lunchtime clubbin’ – Every Friday from noon to 2pm renowned international DJ Graeme Park is streaming live, playing Hacienda Classics and raising money for Nordoff Robbins. His first two sessions have raised over £1000! Tune in every Friday using the button below. Tune in to Lunchtime Clubbin As usual, please let us know if you have any feedback. You can do this by responding to this email.
Stay safe and speak again soon, The Nordoff Robbins team
Milton Hide – Sunday 19th April Bluebell Roots – Sunday 26th April Exclusive Preview Watch the video on Sunday 19th April Despite being in lockdown, we have managed to get a lot of friends and family to take part in a new video for our latest Milton Hide single. The single, Kindness, and the video will be officially released next weekend but you can see a special Preview of it tomorrow, Sunday 19th April, during our live-stream broadcast.
Go to the Milton Hide Facebook Page at 7.30pm and look for the LIVE video. We’ll be performing a few songs, having a chat and showing (through the wonders of technology… fingers crossed) the video. It is GORGEOUS, a real feel good short film put together by the talented Alex Thomas, with lots of familiar faces. Hope to see you (virtually) then. Bluebell Roots Tune in to the Bluebell Roots Facebook Page on 26th April at 7.30pm for an online version of our monthly event.
This time we are using a new service (StreamYard) which should make for a better experience for viewers than last month – you won’t have to keep refreshing the page and Neil can do his MC bit between acts. Please do tune in and support the musicians.
Musicians, if you’d like to take part, send Jim an email during the week on email@example.com and he’ll get you set up – it’s simpler than facebook live. Stay healthy, happy and well! Regards, Jim and Josie Milton Hide We have a new NEWS page on the website on www.miltonhide.com/news
Music is a powerful thing. It brings us closer together. And singing is no exception.
That’s why we’ve launched Singalong in response to the social isolation many of us are facing due to Coronavirus. Suitable for all ages and abilities, we want Singalong to be used as a way to help us stay upbeat and connected with family and friends. Songs you can all sing to, but with our Nordoff Robbins music-making approach.
So, whether you’re singing solo, putting it on for the kids or you’ve got the family band together, you can sing along to some of your favourite tunes and make music with our music therapists. Right from your home.
All you need is a computer or phone and be prepared to clap, move and sing. Pick your song or genre and get involved.
And if you’re favourite song isn’t there just yet, don’t worry, we’ll be introducing new videos every week. You can sign up on our webpage here and be the first to know when they’ve been released.
Do you know a family member or friend who would love to ‘Singalong’ too? You can forward this email on to them using the button below.
As well as the Singalong, we’re creating a number of other musical resources and activities for people of all ages to help us stay connected and upbeat during the Coronavirus outbreak. If you’d like to help us to keep making music together and can spare some change, please give a little today.
Canadian singer songwriter Josh Taerk plays an exclusive live session via Get Ready to ROCK!’s Facebook page on Sunday 5 April at 21:00 BST (GMT+1)
Josh was born in Toronto, Canada. He is an official Recording Academy/Grammy Member and his single ‘Beautiful Tragedy’ – the title track of his 2018 album – broke into the Billboard Top 40 Pop Charts.
Max Weinberg (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band) has called Josh, ‘the most exciting new talent I have come across in years.’ Josh and Max have worked together since 2010 when Max asked Josh to open for him and his band in South Orange, New Jersey.
Then in 2011, Josh joined Max at Summerfest in Milwaukee to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band. In October 2017, Max once again asked Josh to join him onstage and sing ‘Thunder Road’ at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Canada.
Josh’s album Beautiful Tragedy, released in 2018, followed the EP ‘Stages’ which also garnered attention across US and UK radio stations.
Long-time supporter, GRTR! reviews and news editor, Jason Ritchie wrote: ” “Josh Taerk successfully melds a memorable melody for those who love a great hook, along with thought provoking lyrics for those who like a little substance to their musical listening.”
He adds: “The live show is something of a first for Get Ready to ROCK! although not unique in these unusual times. It will give readers and listeners a chance to hear a very talented contemporary singer songwriter and maybe investigate his music further now and in the future.”
The session will also be relayed via the website’s radio station.
Readers can check out several reviews by following the link below
Well – what a difference a week makes?! We really hope you’re receiving this email safe, well and staying positive in the face of this truly awful global crisis. It’s certainly been a bit of a roller-coaster for us, and we’re sure many of you can relate to that. We’ve had our wobbles in the last week – but we’ve taken the decision that positive mental attitude is the only way to approach a situation such as this.
You’ll have probably heard by now that we’ve postponed all of our concerts between now and the end of June. We’re in the thick of rescheduling all of those and we should be able to announce details of that very soon. If you currently have a ticket for one of those postponed concerts, your ticket will remain valid for the new date. If you can’t make it, you can just approach whoever you bought it from and a full refund will be issued.
So that’s the slightly depressing bit of this email!
But look – we’ve never been ones for wallowing in self-pity and we’re not even going to let something like COVID-19 get between us and bringing music to all of you!