Taking place at 7pm on Tuesday 14th Dec 2021 at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea, the welcome return of the Nordoff Robbins Carol Service showcases a star-studded line up including Sir Rod Stewart – one of the most important and best-selling artists of all time, the magnetic Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May and chart-topping saxophonist and presenter Jess Gillam. With Christmas carols sung by some of the music industry’s most celebrated artists, from music giants to and coming young talent, the evening will also feature a host of celebrities giving festive readings.* Tickets are available from carols.nordoff-robbins.org.uk, priced £50.
Following the music therapy charity’s first virtual Christmas event in 2020, Nordoff Robbins is also offering music lovers who can’t attend the church the opportunity to come together to experience the Christmas magic by watching ‘The Stars Come Out To Sing At Christmas 2021’, hosted by the iconic Nile Rodgers. The free-to-view streamed concert will feature carols and readings from St Luke’s Church along with exclusive additional performances from stars around the world, which fans can access at 7pm GMT on Sunday 19th December via carols.nordoff-robbins.org.uk. Donations are encouraged throughout this very special festive evening to enable Nordoff Robbins’ dedicated music therapists to support those who need it most to experience the joy and power of music – helping communication and reducing isolation.
Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy is delighted to have Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited as a funding partner for the second year.
The online concert will be supported by London Stock Exchange through streaming on its Issuer Services Spark (https://www.lsegissuerservices.com/spark). Spark is a digital platform that enables London Stock Exchange clients and partners to distribute a range of digital and thought leadership content.
The fifth BBC Music Day takes place on 26 September 2019, and as part of this an ambitious project launches today that aims to bring music to everyone living with dementia by 2020. It is spearheaded by legendary multiple Grammy-winning musician, Nile Rodgers, who has been announced as Ambassador for 2019. Nile Rodgers wants to support the project as he has had personal experience with family members affected by dementia.
Nile Rodgers said: “I’ve witnessed my mother’s and my
aunt’s experience with dementia and I know just how transformational
music can be for people with this condition. I think this is a fantastic
initiative… Everyone faces challenges at one point or another and music
can be your greatest ally at those important times.”
Day is collaborating with organisations involved with dementia care
across the UK, reaching out through their networks and beyond to help
people with dementia through music. In September, the latest version of
their ground-breaking Music Memories website will launch, which is designed for people living with dementia and aims to stimulate memory through music.
Dr Simon Procter, Director of Music Services at Nordoff Robbins, said: “We’re delighted to be working collaboratively on this important initiative, to ensure that everyone living with dementia can access music’s help by 2020. As music therapists, it is a privilege to work together with people in music, and we know the vital role that music plays in supporting them to live well with dementia. Music is able to ease anxiety, reduce isolation, and to help people to regain their sense of identity – crucially, music can also create a profound feeling of being connected, even when language has been lost, which is so valuable to people living with dementia and their loved ones. It is brilliant to see music in dementia care being championed and given this platform, and we give this initiative our wholehearted support.”