Alford celeb supports music therapy centre

Emeli Sande
Emeli Sande

Donside pop sensation Emeli Sandé has announced her support of a fundraising appeal to open an Aberdeen facility for a music therapy charity.

Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland requires donations of £20,000 to open a dedicated music therapy service in the North East.

The charity uses the unique power of music to improve the lives of children and adults isolated by life limiting illnesses, disability and trauma including autism, dementia and Down’s Syndrome, by enhancing communication, supporting change, and enabling people to live more resourcefully and creatively.

Sandé has been a firm supporter of the national charity for a number of years.

She said: “Music is unbelievably powerful. It crosses barriers, opens the mind, moves the body and stirs the soul. It changes lives.

“You can therefore imagine how delighted I am to hear that Nordoff Robbins Scotland is hoping to set up a new service in my home city of Aberdeen.

“Hundreds of children and adults in the North-east are living with serious health conditions which make every day a new challenge. I know that Nordoff Robbins Scotland could make a huge difference to their lives.”

The unique combination of music and therapy that Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland offers is both a release and sense of fun for the individual through the power of music.

Unique to other forms of therapy, the concept of taking the creative side of individuals and combining this with alternative modes of therapy is revolutionary; illustrating that music has strong healing qualities.

Charity fundraising director, Carolyne Nurse, said: “There is a long list of people in Aberdeen whose lives could be transformed for the better through music therapy, and the work the charity has done across our four existing service bases is testament to why we feel so strongly about being able to continue to support and develop people across the country.

“Our music therapists produce incredible results, recently enabling a five-year-old who suffers from autism to speak for the first time as a result of our therapy sessions.”

The charity needs £600,000 each year to operate and currently run bases in Lothians, Glasgow and Stirling, Fife, and Tayside Perth and Kinross.

The charity’s annual Scottish Music Awards take place next Saturday, November 29, at the Old Fruit Market in Glasgow. This event is Nordoff Robbins Scotland’s main source of funding.

The awards up for grabs include Creative Scotland Best Traditional Scottish Music Award, Hard Rock Café & XFM Best Emerging Artist Award and Sunday Mail Music Business Award. The winners will be announced on November 29.