We’re delighted to announce the official launch of our brand-new partnership with Rock Choir, which will see our organisations working together to reach even more people with the life-changing power of music across the UK.

In-line with the partnership launch, Caroline Redman Lusher, Creator and Musical Director of Rock Choir, will become an official ambassador for Nordoff Robbins, and will be committed to supporting and raising awareness for our charity in her new role.

Nile Rodgers and Chic performed an exclusive set at our annual Carol Service, held this year on Tuesday 11 December. 

With readings this year from Clarke Peters, Michaela Coel, Bill Nighy and performances from award-winning concert pianist - and Nordoff Robbins Ambassador - Nicholas McCarthy, and the incredible Caroline Redman Lusher, Director and Founder of Rock Choir, the annual event played host to a number of celebrity guests who joined in the festivities to raise funds for our life-changing music therapy.

The SSE Scottish Music Awards, held on 1 December and hosted by Sanjeev Kohli, honoured some of the biggest names in music while raising an incredible £95,000 for Nordoff Robbins' life-changing music therapy across Scotland.

The 20th anniversary of the awards saw Annie Lennox and Susan Boyle honoured by being inducted into the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Royal Highland Centre. Mark Knopfler was presented the Living Legend Award sponsored by Raymond Weil, while Snow Patrol were named SSE Artist of the Year.

‘Moving on With Music’ is a songwriting project for young adults transitioning into adult palliative care from specialised children’s services. It was developed in 2016 by Nordoff Robbins Scotland in collaboration with CHAS, the Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland.  

The beneficiaries involved have been working with our music therapist, Jo Edgar, to create their own piece of music which they performed at a showcase event celebrating their compositions, achievements and identities.

Reflecting on the project, Jo said:

Earlier this week, the fourth annual Nordoff Robbins Classical Quiz took place. The event was organised by the BPI Classical Committee and PPL, and sponsored by the BPI and raised just over £6,000 for our life-changing music!

For a second time, the quiz was won by the team from Universal Music UK, captained by Senior Metadata Manager, Jonathon Bird. They finished narrowly ahead of Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, who came second and third respectively in a contest of 20 teams.

Boxing legend Prince Naseem and Olympic champion Nicola Adams were honoured at the annual Nordoff Robbins Boxing Dinner, which raises vital funds for our music therapy. We once again teamed up with incredible Nordoff Robbins supporters, Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren and BoxNation, to host an exciting evening of Championship Boxing on 19 November, at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.

Hear from our CEO, Julie Whelan, as she highlights the invaluable role our Board of Trustees play in supporting our life-changing music:

This Trustees’ Week, we’re shining the spotlight on our incredible trustees, who work tirelessly to guide and shape Nordoff Robbins into the wonderful charity that it is today. Our trustees come from across the music industry, as well as from the healthcare, finance, arts, education, sport and charity sectors, volunteering their time with us to share their insight and expertise.

This Christmas, please support our life-changing music

Last Christmas was Ali’s first in the UK. He was forced to flee his home in Iran fearing for his life after facing severe persecution.

Escaping was the only way to retain any hope for the future, but it came with a heavy price. "When I first arrived," Ali tells us, "I felt so lost and lonely. Life was so difficult that I even thought about suicide, because I missed my home and my family so much."