Ed is recovering from severe head trauma, after being hit by a speeding taxi five years ago. Music therapy played a big part in his recovery – he arrived in hospital unconscious and six months later, walked out singing.

Genesis is autistic and he faces challenges with his speech and communication. Music therapy is helping him to extend his social and communicative skills, and develop his musical abilities.

Evie was just 17 when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and the operation to remove it paralysed her left side and also affected her voice. Singing was a huge passion for Evie, and music therapy has helped her to rebuild her confidence, improve vocal strength and recapture her identity.

Eddie is living with dementia. A gifted musician and previously a drummer in a band, music therapy helps Eddie reconnect with his passion and communicate where words fail him.

Thank you so much to NE-YO, who has donated free tickets to Nordoff Robbins supporters, therapists and beneficiaries from his 13 September show at the O2 Apollo Manchester - in support of our national awareness day Get Loud.

Each day our music therapists offer a collaborative, live music making experience to help people living with significant challenges. By donating his tour tickets to our community, NE-YO hopes others can enjoy sharing this music experience as well.

The Boisdale Music Awards take place on Wednesday 13 September – on the same day as Get Loud, Nordoff Robbins national awareness day – and are hosted by the incomparable Jools Holland at Boisdale of Canary Wharf. In celebration and support, the awards will help to fundraise for Get Loud during the evening.

The evening will feature presentations of nine sought after music awards, and each of the talented award winners will perform – including Ginger Baker, Paul Jones, Beverley Knight and Mica Paris.


1. The promoter is Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, a non-profit making company limited by guarantee (trading as Nordoff Robbins). Registered Charity No. 280960 at 2 Lissenden Gardens, London NW5 1LP. Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.

live music: changing lives

We have an eclectic and exciting line-up of big-name artists for our Get Loud 2017 music sessions taking place across the country on Wednesday 13 September - including Anne-Marie, Jake Bugg, Level 42, 67 and Youngr, with more sessions to be announced soon! For just £15 you can see one of these brilliant performances at an iconic venue.   

Would you like to find out more about musical care at the end of life?

Giorgos Tsiris - a PhD student at Nordoff Robbins - will give a talk on 'Musical care at the end of life: Practice and research reflections on the everyday nature of the extraordinary'. This talk will take place on 27th September 2017, in Edinburgh.  

More information: http://www.smtt.org.uk/events/

Nordoff Robbins presents a lifetime achievement recognition to one of our most dedicated and long term supporters, Brian McLaughlin.

Brian is a passionate advocate of music therapy, and we are so grateful for his tireless work to raise awareness of our work and funds for Nordoff Robbins.