Nordoff Robbins announce Gareth Malone as Winner of the PPL Classical Award at the Annual O2 Silver Clef Awards

Today, Nordoff Robbins is pleased to announce Gareth Malone as the winner of the PPL Classical Award at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards. The annual award ceremony is being held at the London Hilton on Park Lane, on Friday 4th July.

O2 Silver Clef Award winners who have been announced so far are:

  • Gareth Malone who will be presented with the PPL Classical Award
  • Pharrell Williams who will be presented with the Raymond Weil International Award
  • Paloma Faith who will be presented with the Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award
  • Giorgio Moroder who will be presented with the American Express Innovation Award

 

Gareth Malone OBE is a choirmaster and broadcaster who first appeared on our screens in the three-part BBC documentary The Choir in 2006. Following on from the success of the series, Gareth went from project to project building a loyal and passionate following. One of the most poignant projects being The Choir: Military Wives in 2011 which saw Gareth give a voice to the wives and girlfriends left behind when troops were deployed to Afghanistan. The hit single from the series ‘Wherever You Are’ was a resounding success, making Christmas No. 1, and the choir's album ‘In My Dreams’ went to No. 1 in March 2012. Also in 2012, Gareth released the official Jubilee song ‘Sing’ composed by Gary Barlow and performed by The Military Wives Choir and himself at the Queens Jubilee concert. To date, his astoundingly successful series have won two successive BAFTA awards and two RTS awards.

About the award, Gareth said:

"I am honoured to be attending the prestigious O2 Silver Clefs to pick up the PPL Classical Award this year. Bringing people closer to music and using music as a tool for enhancing life has always been a passion of mine. Music is central to Nordoff Robbins and so is wonderful for me to be honoured by this charity who are able to bring music to people in a unique and special way."

This month, and into June, Gareth embarks upon his first ever live UK tour, kicking off in London at the Hammersmith Apollo on 21 May, with a further 13 concerts the length and breadth of the country.  Featuring his very own choir, Gareth Malone’s Voices, Gareth brings his own inimitable style and inspiration to the stage, determined to get audiences singing from their seats!  Tickets are still available on his website - http://www.garethmalone.com/tour

Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL said,

“We would like to congratulate Gareth Malone on winning the Classical Award and are delighted to be an award sponsor at the O2 Silver Clef Awards. Nordoff  Robbins and PPL have worked in partnership for many years. Sponsoring the MITs, The Football Extravaganza and Silver Clefs are highlights in the PPL calendar, not to mention being able to help the charity continue their good work. Everyone associated with PPL knows that we are the fortunate ones being able to help transform lives through music.”

Dr Marcus Stephan, CEO of Nordoff Robbins said:

"Congratulations to Gareth Malone on winning the PPL Classical Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards. He is a face and a voice we have all come to know and love and has done so much to bring Classical music into homes and lives across the UK. 

"In the last 39 years, the O2 Silver Clef Awards have become a highlight in the annual music industry calendar. This year we hope the event will raise half a million pounds to fund our life-transforming music therapy work, supporting isolated and vulnerable people across the UK."

Nuala Donnelly, Sponsorship O2, said:

“We are very proud to be part of the O2 Silver Clef lunch for the 11th year. Congratulations to Gareth Malone and to all the other winners. We look forward to them joining in the spirit of the lunch, helping everyone to raise some much needed funds for this wonderful charity."

The O2 Silver Clef Awards have been bringing together artists from all areas of the music industry since 1976, to raise funds for Nordoff Robbins’ music therapy work. This year, the O2 Silver Clefs will continue to shine as the pinnacle event in the Nordoff Robbins fundraising calendar and a highlight of the year for the music industry, with some of the biggest names coming together for this special event.

Overall, 10 awards will be presented – 9 of which will be announced before the awards ceremony. Best Live Act, voted for by the public, will be announced on the day of the awards. The nominees for Best Live Act include; Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Fleetwood Mac, Foals, Justin Timberlake, London Grammar, Muse, Rolling Stones and Rudimental. More information and voting details are available at http://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/bestliveact.

Music charity Nordoff Robbins uses music to transform the lives of people of all ages all over the UK. Supported heavily by the music industry, where they are the charity of choice at the BRITs and the MITs, to date, the O2 Silver Clef Awards, now in its 39th year, has raised over £8 million for Nordoff Robbins since 1976.

Last year’s winners include Barry Gibb (Lifetime), Coldplay (Best British Act), One Direction (Best Live Act), Labrinth (Innovation), Jessie Ware (Newcomer), Alison Moyet (Icon), Alison Balsom (Classical), Ray Davies (Ambassador of Rock), The Clash (Silver Clef Award) and Vampire Weekend (International). Previous winners include Michael Bublé, Kylie Minogue, Emeli Sandé (who is also an ambassador for the charity), Muse, The Who (who won the first Silver Clef Award in 1976), Elton John, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Sting, Take That and many more. The Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards 2014 event hopes to raise half a million pounds to fund life-transforming music therapy sessions for children and adults across the UK.

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