A huge thank you to our amazing runners who took part in the Royal Parks Foundation Half-Marathon in aid of Nordoff Robbins!

Giving up their Sunday rest on 8 October and venturing towards Hyde Park in the early hours, Team Nordoff Robbins mastered the 13.1 mile route across some of the capital’s world-famous landmarks and four of its eight Royal Parks - Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. 


Henry King

On 11 October, the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Arts, Health and Wellbeing explored the effects of arts on health and wellbeing during a debate in Westminster Hall.

Nordoff Robbins would like to congratulate Neil Warnock on his acceptance of the Live Music Business Awards Outstanding Contribution to Music award.

Neil is the current Chairman of Nordoff Robbins' Fundraising Committee and is a member of our Board of Governors. He has made an outstanding and significant contribution to Nordoff Robbins and has been an avid supporter of our work since the charity was formed over 40 years ago. Julie Whelan, Nordoff Robbins' Chief Executive was delighted to present the award.

On 14 October Simon Procter, Nordoff Robbins' Director of Music Services, joined a roundtable discussion exploring 'the value' of music therapy in the UK. The session was organised by the British Association of Music Therapists as part of their 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Here Seb writes about his life-long passion for music, and how it led him to become a music therapist at Nordoff Robbins. 

Congratulations to our 2017 Master of Music Therapy alumni, who graduated on Friday 29 September. Director of Music Services and MMT Programme Convenor Dr Simon Procter writes about their achievement:  

Julia Usher, Project Director at Colchester New Music, CoMA East Firewire and Arts Action East, has been recognised for her contribution to music, both locally in Colchester and regionally in the East of England, with an Honorary Doctorate from University Centre Colchester this October. Julia trained as a Nordoff Robbins music therapist, leading her to become an advisor for music therapists across East Anglia.

A host of Premier League stars and legends, including Xabi Alonso, Gerard Houllier and Jamie Carragher, amongst others, attended the 2017 Legends of Football charity event to celebrate Liverpool FC icon Steven Gerrard MBE - who received this year's Legend of Football Award. The event itself raised £435,276 through ticket sales, auctions and sponsorship for Nordoff Robbins.

Steven Gerrard visited our Nordoff Robbins music therapy centre before the awards, where he met Romano and his family, and learned more about music therapy.