Ken Parsons Guitar & Amp Collection Charity Auction 2014
The guitars and equipment offered here were part of the collection of Ken Parsons who sadly lost his battle with Cancer in September 2013. Music was a massive part of Ken’s life and as such the collection is being sold to raise £15,000 for Nordoff-Robbins In Scotland. Full details of each item are available in the pdf catalogues below, items can be viewed in this video.
The View Auction Presentation
Taking time out from their show at the O2 Academy Glasgow, The View presented Mark with the goodies he bought in Jason's charity auction earlier this year. Superfan Jason auctioned off a signed View guitar and various memorabilia he'd collected from the band over the years which raised £510 each for Nordoff Robbins Scotland & Cancer Research UK. We also picked up the cheque which will go towards our music therapy sessions.
Hearts In Harmony First Performance
Hearts in Harmony, a new community choir in Glasgow formed by Nordoff Robbins Scotland and Capability Scotland, gave their first public performance on 16th December.
Based in Pennilee Community Centre, the group, which is made up of adults with a range of disabilities, sang a programme of popular favourites and ended with a rousing Christmas medley. The choir is sponsored by Braehead Arena and Arts & Business Scotland and will continue to develop its repertoire in 2014.
Led by Nordoff Robbins music therapist, Jo Edgar, 'Hearts in Harmony' have been rehearsing since October. Jo says:
"Having the opportunity to share their talents and perform to their community has helped to build confidence amongst choir members. The group chose the songs they wanted to sing for the performance which has been a process allowing each choir member the space to suggest songs that are meaningful to them. As a result of this group-led approach, the choir has become a weekly social event, allowing members to grow new friendships and build on existing ones."
Earlier this year a research project at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found that choristers' heartbeats synchronise when they sing together, bringing about a calming effect that is as beneficial to our health as yoga. The research showed that singing has a dramatic effect on heart rate variability, which is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.
"Song is a form of regular, controlled breathing, since breathing out occurs on the song phrases and inhaling takes place between these," said Dr Björn Vickhoff, who led the study. "It gives you pretty much the same effect as yoga breathing. It helps you relax, and there are indications that it does provide a heart benefit."
The LaFontaines win The Big Apple Award!
Following the live final on Wed 11th Dec and entries from some of Scotland's best up and coming musical talent, The LaFontaines won Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland's Big Apple Award, after a brilliant live performance at The Garage's G2 venue wowed the Award's judges.
Camera Obscura Rehearse
Two members of the band Camera Obscura visited and joined in a rehearsal for the drumming performance at the recent Scottish Music Awards held at the old Fruitmarket Glasgow on 23 November.
Tracyanne Campbell and Carey Lander joined in the rehearsal with pupils from St Modans School, Stirling and the drumming group, Barulho Beat. The pupils, who have autism, all receive music therapy from Nordoff Robbins therapist, Jo Edgar, pictured far left. Performing at the Awards for the first time was an exciting opportunity for them. Their participation was made possible thanks to matched funding from Arts & Business Scotland for Braehead Arena's support of the Scottish Music Awards for the first time.
Camera Obscura won the King Tut's Songwriting Award at the Awards
A huge thank you to everyone who supported the recent Scottish Music Awards, our biggest fundraising event of the year helping to raise an incredible £145,000! This is essential to ensure we continue to take music to change the lives people of all ages in Scotland who are facing all kinds of health challenges.
Notes - Autumn Newsletter
The autumn edition on our bi-annual newsletter 'Notes' is available here to download (pdf).
Make Music, Change Lives
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland is the only music therapy charity in the country. We use music in innovative and inspiring ways to connect to children and adults who face physical and mental challenges as a result of disability, illness or conditions such as autism and dementia. Our therapists work in schools, hospitals, hospices, care homes and in our own clinics.
Your donations help us to meet the growing need for music therapy as people increasingly recognise how it can dramatically change lives. We need around £500,000 a year to fund our work and rely on the generosity of our donors to keep our services accessible to the people who need us most. £50 could provide one music therapy session; £1000 could sponsor a therapist for a year.
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