6 reasons to Get Loud for Nordoff Robbins

On Wednesday 8 June, people across the country will be making music and raising money for Get Loud, our inaugaral awareness day. We look at the people at the heart of our charity to show what your support can help us achieve.

1. Ed 

“I arrived in hospital unconscious and walked out singing.”

Ed was 22 when he was hit by a speeding taxi. After spending 6 months in a coma, Ed miraculously woke up. Music therapy played a crucial role in his recovery, helping him to walk, talk and regain memories. 

We’re proud to announce that three years after his accident, Ed is back at University and helping spread the word of our work as a Nordoff Robbins ambassador.

Ed’s story

2. Claudia

“We had finally found something which would bring happiness for our little girl.”

Claudia was diagnosed with a very rare chromosomal disorder at an early age. At six years old Claudia doesn’t speak, but music therapy has opened up a whole new world of communication for her – she recently attempted her very first word. 

Claudia’s story.  

3. Betty

“Nordoff Robbins has brought music back into my mother’s life and it’s through music that we have found a way to remember the good times, have fun and see her in a way that we will always want to remember her.”

Betty is living with dementia at 95. She was becoming increasingly anxious and confused and then her memory began to fail. As her condition worsened she began attending a day centre which is where she experienced music therapy for the first time. Music was important to Betty throughout her life and her sessions bring happiness back into her life. It even help her to remember her daughters.

Betty’s story

4. Flynn

“I don’t know if there’s a nicer sound than hearing your child singing.”

Born with dystonic four-limb Cerebral Palsy, Flynn is unable to walk and sit up and is sensitive to certain noises and smells which can make him overly anxious or excited. Music therapy has helped Flynn improve his learning, cognitive and memory skills and unlocked his imagination, encouraging him to make up his very own songs. 

Flynn’s story

5. Elizabeth 

“When words fail me, music speaks and it’s made a huge impact on my life; I just feel so privileged for that.”

Elizabeth lives with Dysphasia and mild autism. She found it very difficult to communicate which led to severe depression and anxiety. Music therapy has given her a whole new way to express herself and offered her a safe place in which she can be herself. 

Elizabeth’s story.

6. Alfie and Louie

“Music will definitely play a part. To put it simply, music has opened a big window and a light has come on.”

Twins Alfie and Louie are autistic. Unable to speak, they were overwhelmed by the world around them. Music therapy has allowed them to connect with the outside world in a way that they had never been able to before. The boys have even started to use words and recognise their favourite songs on the radio. 

Alfie and Louie’s story

Get Loud

If you want to help us change even more lives through music therapy, Get Loud on Wednesday 8 June.