This week, PPL were delighted to receive a letter from music charity Nordoff Robbins thanking us for the sponsorship of the PPL Classical Award.
Set in the London Hilton on Park Lane on 28 June, the 02 Silver Clef Awards lunch was a brilliant success. TV presenter Gaby Roslin hosted the star-studded ceremony, with guests spanning all musical genres – from Coldplay to Labrinth – and of course, our worthy winner, classical trumpeter Alison Balsom.
Importantly, with our involvement, Nordoff Robbins managed to raise over £465,000, allowing them to deliver 18,600 more music therapy sessions across the country. Through music therapy, the charity supports people of all ages with a range of conditions such as autism and other learning difficulties, dementia, mental health problems, stroke, brain injury and depression. Some clients are in hospital recovering from injury, whilst others have a life-threatening or terminal illness such as cancer.
All of these people have one uniting factor – music dramatically improves their quality of life. An example of this, and in attendance at the Awards lunch, was Nordoff Robbins client, 21 year old Edward Buckley. Edward suffered life threatening injuries when a speeding taxi hit him; leaving him in a coma for several weeks. Recovering in hospital, not only did the Coldplay fan re-learn how to walk and speak, he also taught himself the piano once again – an achievement Awards guest Chris Martin from Coldplay recognised by presenting him with a signed copy of his lyrics.
In the thank you letter, Nordoff Robbins shared with us Edward’s grateful mother’s message:
“I have witnessed first-hand how music can reach someone like nothing else can. Nordoff Robbins make such a difference to the patients that they see. For us and many others they provide hope and relief in devastating situations, to patients and relatives alike, all dealing with indescribable tragedy. We are just really grateful that Edward ended up in a hospital where Nordoff Robbins had a therapist and where he had access to this incredible work”
In the video to follow, Alison graciously accepts the PPL Classical Award and speaks out about visiting one of the charity’s hospital centres. Here she meets a young boy whose new-found musical talent makes her realise that music can, and really is, transforming lives.
Alison’s own talent is also celebrated in the footage, notably by classical musician and celebrity Myleene Klass who presented the award, describing her as the ‘musician’s musician’ with ‘a technique that’s second-to-none’. Take a look for yourself and enjoy more of Alison’s thoughts on the power of music, plus some great clips from the ceremony. http://youtu.be/_kmxJy1AsCw