Rob Stringer, global CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, became the 2017 recipient of the highly prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award on Monday 6 November. Stringer, one of the most well-regarded, respected and successful executives in the worldwide music business, joined the ranks of previous honourees including Roger Daltrey CBE, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Sir George Martin, Simon Cowell, Michael Eavis CBE and Annie Lennox OBE.

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.

Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson and Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines ceremonially broke ground at our new Newcastle music therapy centre on 1 November, supported by Nordoff Robbins ambassador Evie Whittaker.

The centre, at the former matron’s lodge at Newcastle’s Fleming Hospital, will be operational from April next year and will primarily help vulnerable children and young people from across the region, improving their wellbeing through skilled use of music.

On Sunday 3rd December,  Paradise London Live presents a unique two stage one day festival, "Paradise London Live X Omeara” at Omeara London in aid of Nordoff Robbins.

Talented emerging artists are coming together to present their unique talents on the Nordoff Robbins Stage.


This course, presented by experienced music therapists, gives an introduction to the Nordoff Robbins approach to music therapy. It will include information about music therapy and the Nordoff Robbins approach and examples of music therapy in action. The course is open to anyone interested in music therapy, catering for people with no previous knowledge and also for those with experience in related fields. 

We are delighted that Ava West, has joined forces with Nordoff Robbins as she launches her debut exhibition.

The exhibition, entitled Life Through Art, is a visceral exploration of West’s life experiences as she combines media with emotion to convey themes such as imperfection, judgment, instability, confusion, uniqueness, creativity and peace.

It's running at Gallery Different from 22 – 25 November.  All proceeds will be donated to Nordoff Robbins' work.

Over 25 people in Bournemouth’s refugee community are taking part in Nordoff Robbins music therapy sessions, in a six month pilot project using music to break down barriers and helping them find their voice. The pilot is the result of a new partnership between Nordoff Robbins and ICN. 

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.