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. 

At Nordoff Robbins we work hard to offer the highest quality of service to our beneficiaries, supporters, stakeholders and the general public at all times and we regularly ask people and organisations to whom we provide our services for feedback. Letting us know what works well and what doesn’t will help us to improve our services. Very occasionally, things do go wrong. If you are unhappy with the service we provide, we would like to know so we can put things right if we possibly can, and make sure we improve our services in the future.

How music can help: An extended introduction to Nordoff Robbins music therapy

We are very excited to be running our first North East based six-week short evening course in Newcastle, led by experienced Nordoff Robbins music therapists. The course will include information about music therapy and the Nordoff Robbins approach, examples of music therapy in action, and practical music making. It is open to anyone interested in music therapy, catering equally for people with no previous knowledge and for those with experience in related fields.

The Nordoff Robbins Community Choir are looking for new members. The choir is an open group for anyone interested in singing, and is a great way to develop your skills and confidence in a fun and supportive environment. 

The choir rehearses every Tuesday evening, from 6.30 - 8pm. We sing a whole range of songs, from the latest pop hits to international folk music - and everything in between. There will also be regular performance opportunities throughout the year.

Get Loud, our national awareness day on 13 September, saw some of music’s top stars come together – including Jake Bugg, Level 42, Anne Marie, 67, Jackmaster with Ben UFO, and Youngr – to perform one-off shows in London, Manchester and Glasgow, raising funds and awareness for our life-changing music therapy services.

NE-YO gave his support to Get Loud, kindly donating free tickets to Nordoff Robbins supporters, therapists and beneficiaries from his gig at the O2 Apollo Manchester that evening.

We celebrated the power of music in Parliament on Monday 11 September, as part of our national Get Loud campaign to help change lives through music. We were joined by Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Kate Green MP, and celebrated concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy, who spoke compellingly on Nordoff Robbins' work and the impact of music therapy on our beneficiaries.

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