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 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.
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
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.
The total raised was £98.20, made up of £5 donation, £30 raised by Biscuithead & the Badgers at their gig and the rest was raised via eBay from signed items/tickets kindly donated by Ed Byrne, Billy Lockett & Paul Carrack.
Not as much raised as in 2019, however the social media activity was higher this year, which was great to see as the aim of Fifty Gigs In A Day has always been to raise awareness of the Nordoff Robbins charity and music therapy in general. Any funds raised has always been a welcome bonus!
It was going to be the last Fifty Gigs this year, however it is always heartening to see the artists & bands helping spread the word. I will have a look to see if a series of gigs throughout the year plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins, coupled with the annual day of Fifty Gigs on February 8 could work better.
Any suggestions on how to improve and/or gain more exposure for the event are more than welcome. Please get in touch via the contact page.
Still to come…
Dandelion Charm have a gig supporting the Emerald Dawn in Brighton on March 23, full details can be found here
The third (and final) 50 Gigs In A Day is this weekend with the aim being to raise awareness of the work done in music therapy by the Nordoff Robbins charity.
A BIG thank you to all the bands and artists taking part this year and if you can get along to support them at one of the shows.
ABOUT NORDOFF ROBBINS
Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. We support thousands of people in our own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals. When delivered by a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs. It can help a child with autism to communicate, reduce anxiety for those living with dementia or provide comfort and celebrate the life of someone facing terminal illness. Music therapy can be life-changing for so many people. https://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/about-us/
Nordoff Robbins Registered Charity Number: 280960
What Donations Can Fund: £3-£10 could pay for a music instrument, giving a client with autism a way to express themselves beyond words £20 could pay for a vulnerable child to attend a group music therapy session £35 could pay for a one-to-one session of life transforming music therapy for someone with dementia £50 could help us bring comfort and joy to a child suffering from a brain injury during a one-to-one music therapy session £100 could pay for a music therapy group session at one of our dedicated centres £150 could pay for half a day of music therapy at a Children’s Centre £200 could pay for an entire month of one to one music therapy sessions at one of our centres £300 could pay for a full day of music therapy in a local school for pupils with special educational needs, or in a care home helping older people with dementia unlock memories and communicate with loved ones £500 could help subsidise 5 children whose families cannot afford to pay full fees to have a term of music therapy through their school
Dear Jason With Christmas fast approaching, the festive season is a time of joy and the chance to connect with family and friends. However, joy and human connection are the two things that can be lost if your loved one develops dementia. Right now, there are 1 million people living with dementia in the UK. At Nordoff Robbins we want to use the power of music to help more families affected by this disease, so please consider making a donation this Christmas, and helping us to support more families like Cis and Joan to find joy & connection again through music.
Joan’s mum, Cis, was diagnosed with dementia in 2016. She explains: “It really is so hard to see someone you love’s abilities and memory, their personality, fading in front of you. But then music therapy came into our lives… The singing started – at first mum didn’t join in, but she looked like she was enjoying herself. Then John, the therapist, played the opening chords to ‘Over The Rainbow’ and just like that, mum burst into song…
In the hands of an expert therapist, music can help ease anxiety and disorientation, and unlock memories. Music becomes a way to still engage meaningfully with someone even when they’ve lost language, and this is key in breaking down the social isolation that is too often considered inevitable with dementia.
So this Christmas why not give the Gift of Music and help us help more families affected by dementia find joy and connection again. Making a donation is simple, just visit our website to donate directly to our Christmas Appeal. We’re the largest music therapy charity in the UK, but we don’t receive direct government funding and rely on generous supporters like you to continue our work.