New Order singer Bernard Sumner has received the Integro Outstanding Achievement award at the 2019 O2 Silver Clefs awards. This award was granted to him for his aid in the music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins. Blondie, Patti Smith and Robert Plant have received this award in years past. He was presented the award by The Chemical Brothers.
You can here below Bernards thoughts about the charity in this interview below, recording on the blue carpet before the ceremony.
Listen to @BernardSumner, @Integro_Ent Outstanding Achievement Award winner, talking about how music can be a refuge and is a language everyone can understand #O2SilverClefs pic.twitter.com/fNToYniKkJ— Nordoff Robbins UK (@NordoffRobbins1) July 5, 2019
Nordoff Robbins Charity
Below is a description of Nordoff Robbins taken from their website.
Music has a power unlike anything else. From your earliest moments on earth, before you are even born, you begin a powerful relationship with music. The first sound you hear is the soothing rhythm of your mother’s heartbeat.
So when a parent comes to us with a child who’s never spoken, or when a family comes to us because their mother is isolated by her dementia, we use music with the ambition to enhance and improve their lives.
Our music therapists are trained to tune into each movement, reaction and expression of the people they’re working with. They can then adapt their approach and the music they’re playing to skilfully unlock potential and inspire positive emotions and interactions.
It’s not easy, but in the expert hands of our therapists, music can break through where words can’t. This isn’t just what we believe. It’s what we’ve witnessed.