Nordoff Robbins meets…Nicholas McCarthy

In this very special Christmas edition of our guest blog series we caught up with Nordoff Robbins supporter Nicholas McCarthy, the concert pianist and motivational speaker. He shared his thoughts on the power of music especially at this, the most musical time of the year!

Nicholas was born without his right hand and only began to play the piano at the late age of 14. He is now a celebrated concert pianist and motivational speaker, sharing his talents right across the world.

“I am fortunate enough to have music in my life every single day as I am a concert pianist. I only have one hand, so it wasn’t the first career most people expected me to pick.

But through all the negativity and knock backs I believed in my dream and focused on my goal of becoming a concert artist, and because of that, I now get to see the huge impact that music has on people’s lives.

Music has a way to reach people like nothing else can. It holds meaning for all of us, but in very different ways. And that is what makes it so special.

We all go on individual journeys with music – it is all so deeply personal. But whilst it may be personal, it is abundantly unifying. Especially around Christmas time, you don’t have to look far to see how every person has been brought together to celebrate the joys of Christmas and the message of goodwill through one major common thread; music.

It is that very power of music that is harnessed by Nordoff Robbins, and it is what makes their work uniquely amazing. The fact that they support young people, old people, people with disabilities, people with terminal illness or those who have had a stroke – Nordoff Robbins can offer support to almost anyone. They are there for people like Charlie, Gareth, Patsy, Sylvia and many more – all of whom you can read about right here on the website.

Nordoff Robbins is an organisation who is there for everyone, because music really does have the ability to transcend barriers like nothing else.

This Christmas, they are highlighting the role of music therapy in supporting families affected by dementia to find joy and connection again. You can read Cis and Joan’s story and help support the charity’s 2019 Christmas Appeal – whether you’re new to Nordoff Robbins or have supported their work for years, giving The Gift of Music this Christmas will make a genuine difference to the wellbeing of people right across the UK.

Every little bit you offer, will truly make a difference to people’s lives.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and all the best for the new year.”