Stars Turn Out for Rugby Dinner Honouring Chris Robshaw

Chris Robshaw and Nordoff Robbins Staff

You are here

Thu, 19/1/2017

Last night we were joined by celebs, sports stars and supporters to honour English Rugby Union player Chris Robshaw. This was the 22nd Six Nations Rugby Dinner, and saw a host of famous faces come along to the Grosvenor House Hotel.

We were joined by a scrum of rugby stars including Topsy Ojo, Mike Tindall, Nick Easter, Jeremy Guscott, Tim Swiel, Martin Offiah amongst many others, as well as TV stars Imogen Thomas, Made in Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo, Love Island’s Oliva Buckland and Alex Bowen, plus comedian Al Murray and classical singer Laura Wright.

Plus we were lucky enough to be joined by BBC and ITV broadcaster John Inverdale as host, as well as musical performances from Madness, rising star Dua Lipa and Camilla Kerslake (girlfriend of Chris Robshaw since they met at the Six Nations Rugby Dinner six years ago!)

We are so grateful to Victor Ubogu of VU Limited and Richard Izard once again for their support for Nordoff Robbins, as well as the sponsors O2 and Tesco, who help to make the night bigger and better every year. Plus thank you to Crabbie’s for sponsoring the welcome drinks.

We asked Victor for a quote, and he said “This year we invite another Rugby legend to the fold - Chris Robshaw; we are thrilled to be able to honour him tonight. This event has been crucial in helping Nordoff Robbins continue their delivery of music therapy to thousands of people all over the UK, and we are proud of what it has achieved”

We were lucky enough to have Chris Robshaw come along to a session to experience music therapy first hand, and afterwards he said:

“It was a brilliant afternoon and a fulfilling one too. When I came here I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d supported the dinner in the past and been to it.

I knew music therapy helped, but thought it was predominantly for children but there were a lot of adults as well - you could see the confidence it gave everyone. When we came in no one really said anything, everyone was looking down and were quiet, but afterwards you could see the confidence and happiness it has given everyone; everyone was mingling and music is obviously such a powerful tool.

Nordoff Robbins have really shown that ability to inspire and give vulnerable people that voice again, it was a very warming experience.

As sports people we know a lot about music from the point of view of it helping you get into the zone. You also know that every time you leave a gig or concert you have a good feeling. Here there were a lot of vulnerable people in the room who had different things going on, so for them to walk out smiling and chatting is extremely important”

Nights like this do so much to help make music therapy available to as many people as possible, completely transforming the lives of both those attending, and their loved ones who seem them grow as a result. We cannot thank everyone enough for the love and support they showed.