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Alison Balsom to be awarded the PPL Classical Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards

Posted on 1st May 2013

Alison Balsom to be awarded the PPL Classical Award at the O2 Silver Clef AwardsWe are delighted to announce that the award-winning classical trumpeter Alison Balsom is to receive the PPL Classical Award at this year’s Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards on Friday 28th June at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Alison Balsom says,

I am truly honoured to be receiving the PPL Classical Award at the 2013 O2 Silver Clef Awards. I am so proud to be involved with something so vital and life-changing for so many people. As a musician, I can't think of a more valuable thing for me to do than to help highlight the constant need for a charity such as Nordoff Robbins. The value of something which is abstract and yet healing, unquantifiable, and yet so obviously transforming, is something that we as musicians live and breathe every day. I am so moved to see it being shared so skillfully in music therapy, helping so many children and adults in so many profound ways." 

Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music's great ambassadors and is ranked among the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today. Having headlined The Last Night of the BBC Proms, which reached its biggest ever global television audience of an estimated 200 million, to making her US television debut with the Orchestra of St Luke's on The Late Show with David Letterman, a platform few classical artists have gained access to, Alison’s highly distinctive sound has earned her much recognition and she is regarded as one of the world's leading trumpeters and musicians. She was twice crowned 'Female Artist of the Year' at the Classic BRITs and has also been honoured with numerous awards by Gramophone, Classic FM and ECHO Klassik.

David Munns, Nordoff Robbins Chairman, said,

“Alison is an incredible talent and is the perfect choice for our PPL Classical Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards this year. She represents everything that is good and innovative about classical music today. 

“Since the Silver Clef awards began 38 years ago, they have raised over £8 million for Nordoff Robbins, allowing us to transform the lives of many thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people with music therapy. But we still have a long way to go to ensure we can deliver our music services to all those who need them.

“This year, we hope to raise £500,000 from the Awards to fund 20,000 life-transforming music therapy sessions for children and adults across the UK.

”Overall 10 awards will be presented at the 2013 O2 Silver Clef Awards. Alison’s PPL Classical Award is the second award to be announced, following the news of Labrinth winning the American Express Innovation Award. 

Shadi Halliwell, Head of Brand, O2 said:

"We’ve worked with Nordoff Robbins for over 10 years and we're as enthusiastic about our partnership now as we were on that very first day. We believe that music can make a difference and so we are proud to be associated with such invaluable work. The commitment and energy that Nordoff Robbins put into improving the lives of others is inspirational and we're delighted to support an event that helps to celebrate that.” 

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer at PPL says,

“We would like to congratulate Alison Balsom on winning the Classical Award and are delighted to be an award sponsor at the O2 Silver Clef Awards. Nordoff Robbins and PPL have worked in partnership for many years. Sponsoring the MITs, The Football Extravaganza and Silver Clef Awards are highlights in the PPL calendar, not to mention being able to help the charity continue their good work. Everyone associated with PPL knows that we are the fortunate ones being able to help transform lives through music.”

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