A blog from Nordoff Robbins researcher, Katie Rose Sanfilippo:

This weekend, the London Centre was host to a major international conference organised by Nordoff Robbins in collaboration with SAME (Spirituality and Music Education). More than a hundred delegates arrived on Saturday morning from all over the world to present and share ideas about music, spirituality, therapy and education.

On 28 November, we were delighted to return to Parliament to host the second Nordoff Robbins roundtable, supported by the BPI.

The third running of the annual Nordoff Robbins Classical Quiz, held at The Phoenix, Cavendish Square in Central London, raised just over £4,000 for the music therapy charity. 

The event has now contributed close to £10,000 to Nordoff Robbins since it was first staged in 2015.

The quiz was won by the team from Presto Classical, who finished narrowly ahead of BBC Music Magazine (last year’s winners) and Gramophone, who tied for second place in a keenly contested quiz.

A new paper A Systematic Review of Outcome Measures in Music Therapy has been published by researchers at Nordoff Robbins and Nordoff Robbins Scotland: Neta Spiro, Giorgos Tsiris and Charlotte Cripps. 

We ask the authors: What lead to this paper and what are the results that it describes?


The deadline for applications for places on the Nordoff Robbins MPhil/ PhD programme is fast approaching, so take action soon if you are considering an application.

Up two two places are available during 2018 and we welcome applicants with suitable experience who fit the criteria.


Closing date for applications: 5 January 2018
Selection process: January - February 2018

Nordoff Robbins teamed up with Frank Warren and BoxNation to host an exciting evening of Championship Boxing on 13 November at the London Hilton on Park Lane, which saw the legendary Ricky Hatton MBE pick up the Boxing Icon Award and Joe Joyce collect a Boxing Special Achievement Award.

A huge thanks to the Truants for succesful completion of their Ride India 2017, a (sometimes!) gruelling 200 km bike ride through the challenging terrain of India's southern province of Kerala.

The ride, raising money for Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline, took the 43 cyclists up hills totalling 7399 ft, through stunning scenery, and on roads winding through scores of small villages and towns, meeting some of the most friendly people imaginable.


7-25 MARCH 2018

Do you have a head for heights? Challenge yourself in one of the most spectacular trekking destinations in the world as you trek to the Base Camp of the highest point in the world. It is an incredible journey offering panoramic views across a magical landscape of snow-capped peaks and mighty glaciers. This is the challenge of a lifetime to the roof of the world. 

Register by 08 December

Sign up here

Although shy, Kenneth, 18, has an open and friendly personality and loves dancing, singing and sixties and seventies music. Kenneth also has severe learning difficulties, and can struggle with concentration in lessons, finding it hard to stay focused.

It was through Kenneth’s love of music that he was referred to Nordoff Robbins music therapy, to help him engage and connect with others. Music therapist Seb works closely with Kenneth at Highfield School in Ossett, where they improvise together through music – playing on guitar, drums and creating songs together.