The Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Trust
Angels has, for many years, enjoyed working with the
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
We have included this overview of Nordoff-Robbins on our web site to promote
knowledge and understanding of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Trust and
work that it does. It makes a valuable contribution to young people through
the use of music as a therapy for a whole range of illnesses and disabilities.
This charitable organisation, started in the USA through pioneering work in
the 1950s and 1960s by Paul Nordoff
and Clive Robbins, is grounded in the belief that everyone can respond to
music, no matter how ill or disabled. The unique qualities of music as therapy
can enhance communication, support change, and enable people to live more
resourcefully and creatively. Throughout the UK, Nordoff-Robbins music
therapists use the power of music to reach hundreds of people cut off from the
richness of life's experiences. They work with a wide range of people in need,
children and adults with life-threatening illnesses
children and adults with autistic spectrum disorders
people recovering from stroke or other brain damage
children and adults with learning difficulties
children who have suffered physical or sexual abuse
refugees traumatised by war, terrorism or poverty
Music therapy is a creative therapy using musical improvisation to form a
therapeutic relationship. Recipients need no previous musical experience.
All music therapists are registered with the Council for Professions
Supplementary to Medicine. This is a statutory body which ensures high
standards of practice.
At the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre in North London, a converted
listed building, over 200
children and adults receive music therapy weekly. Up to six students each year
train on the Centre's two-year Training Course, leading to the Master in Music
Therapy degree. The Centre also houses a library and Research facilities open
to professionals and researchers.
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The Silver Clef
Silver Clef Awards
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As a charitable organisation, Nordoff-Robbins relies heavily on contributions
and donations to carry out its work. To achieve this, Nordoff-Robbins
drives many fundraising events throughout the year.
As it is closely aligned with the entertainment industry, Nordoff-Robbins also gets
considerable help from the music business. There are a hard core of musicians
and record industry luminaries that have supported Music Therapy for years. As
a result, Nordoff-Robbins introduced the Silver Clef
Awards as a
reciprocal gesture to the industry which has given so much to
the work for severely disabled children. Now,
over thirty years later, the Lunch is the biggest fund raising
event in the Nordoff-Robbins calendar and has become the music business
charity lunch of the year. The Silver Clef Awards luncheon is attended by over
800 guests and hosted by the fund raising committee to recognise artists'
achievements in the music industry.
The Patrons of Silver Clef include Brian Bennett, David Bowie, Elvis Costello,
Def Leppard, Dire Straits, Sir Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Jay Kay, M People, Hank
Marvin, Brian May, George Michael, Pink Floyd, Marti Pellow, Sir Cliff Richard
OBE, Keith Richards, Mike Rutherford, Status Quo, Sting, Rod Stewart and Bill Wyman.
The very first Silver Clef Lunch was held in June 1976 at the Inn on the Park
attended by 278 guests and The Who were the winners of the Silver Clef Award. Previous winner have included the Rolling
Stones, Eric Clapton, George Michael, Sting, M People, Tom Jones, Dido and
Over the years a number of awards have been
added including an International Award, a Best New Artists Award and the
Special Achievement Award who's previous winners have included The Bee Gees,
Sir George Martin, Chris Barber, Bacharach & David, Leiber & Stoller, Lulu
The awards are hosted by music industry veteran
Stewart (aka "Captain America" on Virgin
The auction is a key element of the Silver Clef
Awards lunch. Nick has a great reputation as an auctioneer at these sorts
of events having raised, for example, over £1,000,000 in 30 minutes at Sir
Elton John's White Tie and Tiaras Ball in 2003. Many items have been sold
for the benefit of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy including more recently
Michael Owen's signed football shirt for £21,000, a Jimi Hendrix guitar
for £8,000 and a painting of John Lennon for £23,000. Overall, a
single Silver Clef Awards lunch can raise more than £300,000 for the Music
Nordoff-Robbins also holds a number of other events throughout the year to
raise money for Music Therapy. These have included:
Nations Rugby Championship Dinner organised by Richard Izard and Victor
Obogu. The event raises over £40,000.
Football Extravaganza organised by Brian McLaughlin and his team at HMV.
Distinguished guests have included Tony Adams, Trevor Brooking, Alan Ball and
Christmas Carol Service organised by the Carol Service Committee held at
St Luke's Church, Chelsea. Among guests reading and performing have been Rory Bremner and Will Young.
Women of the Year Awards for the music industry and related media
held at the Intercontinental Hotel. The star-studded dinner that raises over
£30,000 for Nordoff-Robbins and the Brit Trust.
Music Industry Trust Dinner held at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The
glittering charity dinner was enjoyed by over 1,000 guests.
Pepsi Silver Clef Concert featuring Britain's top acts which included,
in 2003, Blue, Atomic Kitten, Emma, Mis-teeq, Liberty X, Craig David, Girls
Aloud, Javine, Big Brovaz and Busted all generously gave their time for a
very special Silver Clef event.
personal note, Angels has enjoyed working
with Nordoff-Robbins for over 15 years and has donated hospitality staff to
help with the raffle and auction spotting at the Silver Clef Awards in London.
Angels has also provided hospitality staff for a number of other
Nordoff-Robbins fundraising events throughout the year including the Sandown
Park Raceday. Working with Audrey Balfour and
Linda McLean, Angels has established a very fulfilling role within the charity
and looks forward to a continued association with this very special