“Nordoff Robbins is an incredible music charity which transforms the lives of thousands of people through music therapy each year. I have witnessed first-hand how Nordoff Robbins music therapy helps people in so many different ways. Music has changed my life and I’m so proud to support a charity which changes the lives of those who need it the most through the healing power of music.”
Each year Nordoff Robbins helps children and adults across the UK struggling with all kinds of conditions including autism, dementia, learning difficulties, mental health problems, stroke, depression or life-threatening and terminal illnesses. As an official Ambassador for the charity since 2011, Alfie is a top supporter, helping to raise awareness and vital funds for their life-transforming work.
“For the fourth year running I’m giving up my birthday for music therapy! I’m asking all my wonderfully generous and supportive fans to help me celebrate by making a donation, if you can, to music charity Nordoff Robbins. All donations, no matter how large or small will help provide thousands of vital music therapy sessions to vulnerable and isolated people across the UK. That’s the best birthday gift I could ever wish for.”
Here are some other ways you can join Alfie in supporting Nordoff Robbins:
Nordoff Robbins keeps Alfie up to date with how his fans are supporting their work and he loves to hear what you’re up to, so don’t forget to mention Alfie if you make a donation or fundraise.
Children & the Arts believes that every child has the right to be inspired by the arts. Our UK wide arts engagement programmes work with deprived children from areas of social and economic disadvantage by building partnerships between their schools and local cultural venues. The charity takes children on a journey into their local arts venue and unlocks the arts for those who need to be inspired by them the most, raising children’s self-esteem and confidence and nurturing their social and educational skills. Through the work of Children & the Arts, children learn that cultural venues are welcoming, accessible places to visit. Since 2006 Children & the Arts has introduced over 300,000 young people to life-changing arts experiences
Blackpool Male Voice Choir is delighted to have Alfie as our patron. We have an active membership of 50 singers, with a progressive and enthusiastic music team dedicated to quality singing and entertainment. Performing at venues both locally and nationally including this last 12 months at The Royal Albert Hall London, and The Bridgwater Hall Manchester details of all our concerts can be found at.www.blackpoolmalevoicechoir.co.uk
Huddersfield Youth Opera is a voluntary group that provides opportunities for talented young people early in their careers.
Their innovative, exciting and high profile productions break the traditional mould and captivate people in live venues and via the internet.
HYO is becoming known for its exciting Guerrilla Operas – free performances for unsuspecting audiences from charity diners through to a stadium of 15,000 football fans. They are currently planning their next production, Britten’s Turn of the Screw, which promises to bring an innovative twist to the chilling classic.
Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice serves Blackpool, Fleetwood and all the Fylde Coast, providing care and respite to children and adults with life limiting illness. Trinity and Brian House face a very challenging time: demand for our care has never been higher, but funding from Government has never been more uncertain. We rely on the generosity of our supporters to keep our doors open, and 2013 is an important one for us in terms of fundraising events. Hospices are not just places of sadness, but often of happiness and hope, and of astonishing kindness. Trinity has a superb reputation for clinical and medical care, but being based on the Lancashire coast makes raising our profile much more difficult than it would if we were in a big city – which is why Alfie Boe’s generosity in becoming a Patron of his local hospice means so very much to us.
TENOVUS is Wales’ leading cancer charity and will celebrate its 70th birthday this year. Founded by 10 volunteers in 1943, Tenovus is widely recognised for its ground-breaking work in cancer research, such as the discovery of Tamoxifen, an essential drug to treat breast cancer and one which has helped millions of women worldwide. Tenovus offers unique support solutions to those affected by cancer; individual welfare and benefits advice, counselling and bereavement groups, and further informal support through choirs, walking, writing and craft groups. Their Mobile Cancer Support Unit delivers treatment closer to home for anyone worried about cancer. Tenovus started their very first choir back in 2010 and carried out pioneering research which showed that singing was beneficial not only for cancer patients’ state of mind, but also helped to reduce their pain. The Big C, the charity’s fifth choir, has been together for just three months and many of them had never sung in public before joining the choir. What makes this choir so extraordinary is that all thirty two members have been on the same incredible, sometimes terrifying, journey – each and every one them is, or has recently been, in treatment for cancer. What is the same, however, are the remarkable results; research has proved that the group’s social function and mental health both improved, as did lung strength. Tenovus want singing on prescription: it works!
Thomas Fredrick Willetts was music director at his church for over 50 years and made a significant impact on all those who knew him. His faith was very important to him. He died of cancer in 2007 and wanted that the Foundation continued the education of disadvantaged young people through music and the arts especially on deprived areas. His other wish was that we work to bring life back to communities that have lost their identity. There are many communities that fine themselves in decline and social struggle. Our choir outreach programme goes into these areas and starts the process of bringing people back together again, helping and striving to bring a new heart beat to a community through music. This year we will be launching The Light project, a major regeneration programme for the town of Treharris in South Wales. Once completed we want to take The Light to other towns across the UK that have lost their identity. This new centre of excellence for song will be a beacon of Light across the world. Our work is both UK and International and we cover and support all the main areas of the arts. This year we are launching support for 60 new community youth projects to mark the Diamond Jubilee of one of our other Patrons Dame Shirley Bassey.