Artist Relations and Development Manager Jim O’Regan recently visited our music therapy work in Manchester, and has written this piece about his experiences in a special educational needs school.

I visited Elms Bank School in Manchester, a special educational needs school where music therapist Holly Dickson holds a day of music therapy once a week. Today’s placement is just one of 47 partner organisations bringing music therapy to local communities across the North West.

On Wednesday 21 March, music superstar Sting officially opened our brand new music therapy centre in the North East - the first of its kind outside of London. 

The centre, at the former matron’s lodge at Newcastle’s Fleming Hospital, has been funded by the Graham Wylie Foundation and will be run by our North East team of Nordoff Robbins music therapists, to primarily support children and young people from across the region.

Nordoff Robbins are pleased to announce Talk Sport Presenter and broadcaster Georgie Bingham as Honorary Patron for this year's Golf Classic event. Georgie is a multi-sport presenter with extensive golfing contacts, and has been a great supporter of the event for some years.

Taking place on Thursday 3rd May, and the event will be hosted for the first time at the world-renowned Stoke Park Golf Club in Berkshire, home to one of the finest parkland courses in the country. 

Robert is 53 and has Down's Syndrome. He lives in a specialist care home where he is given the support he needs day to day. 

Robert spends a lot of time in his room - he has a heightened need for personal space and objects too close to him and noise from other people can agitate him. Robert also has many phobias - including any kind of transport, which greatly limits his interaction with others, leaving him at times very isolated. 

This is why music therapy has come so be so important to him. 

The green paper on Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision raises important issues around the need for joined up working, and how essential it is to have a whole school approach to supporting pupils with their mental health.

Julie Whelan, Nordoff Robbins' CEO writes:


Salary: £22,650

An exciting opportunity for a highly organised Events Fundraising Assistant.

We are looking for a confident and talented individual to assist the Events Fundraising Team in the delivery and development of an integral area of the business. 

This World Music Therapy Day, Director of Music Services Simon Procter, discusses the incredible power of music and impact of music therapy.

On 1 March 2018 Nordoff Robbins will be proudly celebrating and supporting World Music Therapy Day 2018. Designed to raise awareness of how music therapy can improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, the day also gives us an opportunity to appreciate the value and unique power of music itself.  

NORDOFF ROBBINS SUMMER SCHOOL 2018 - 'key aspects of the nordoff robbins approach'

Dates: Mon 23 July - Thurs 26 July 2018
Location: Nordoff Robbins London Centre, 2 Lissenden Gardens, London NW5 1PQ
Cost: £300

SINCE OUR FOUNDING IN THE 1970S, Nordoff Robbins have helped thousands of people of all ages around the UK to wellness - through music therapy

A recent article, published by The Telegraph to coincide with the Brits 2018, takes us through a day in the life of one of our amazing music therapists - Emily Grimes.

We all know a song that lifts us up and makes us feel good, but music is also a powerful therapeutic tool that can reach deep inside us and transform lives

A recent article published in The Telegraph explores the impact that Nordoff Robbins music therapy had on Elizabeth, who suffers from severe depression and anxiety alongside dysphasia and autism.