Play, dance or sing - everyone responds to music. Music has a unique power to reach deep inside us and Nordoff Robbins harnesses music - with all its emotion, energy, resonance and rhythm - to reach children and adults whose lives are constrained by illness, disability, trauma or exclusion. For over 50 years the work pioneered by Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins has set a benchmark in the use of music to promote health and wellbeing. They provide and support a range of services that encompass the depth and breadth of music, encompassing music therapy, music and health projects, and community music projects.
The Music Industry Trust Awards (MITS) has two aims: to raise money for the nominated charities, and to honour an individual who has made a significant contribution to the UK music industry. All the proceeds from the MITS Award dinner goes to two very special charities: the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. In 2012 guests were treated to live performances from winner Gary Barlow, Paloma Faith, Robbie Williams and also Take That.
The annual carol concert held at St Luke's Church, Chelsea, in aid of the Nordoff-Robbins music-therapy centre, reached a pinnacle of popularity in 1998 when Robbie Williams sang 'Angels'. The carols were jazzed up with a saxophone quartet, and were interspersed with readings by Rory Bremner, Jonathan Pryce and Mariella Frostrup. Teeming with enthusiastic children, the congregation sang their hearts out, and everyone earned their mulled wine and Pret a Manger mince-pies. Outside the church, fire-eaters provided the final to a hugely successful evening.
The O2 Silver Clef Awards recognises and celebrates the outstanding talent of the winning artists who through their music have touched the lives of many thousands of people. This event helps to raise vital funds ensuring that Nordoff Robbins is able to continue delivery music therapy to support vunerable people across the UK and allowes them the opportunity to give something back to the music industry who supports them so generously throughout the year. On 28 June 1998 Robbie celebrated his outstanding service to the British Music Industry with a lunch in London's Intercontinental Hotel.