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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Solent was invited to celebrate the power of music in parliament earlier this month, as part of the national Get Loud campaign to help change lives through music.

Get Loud, run by the charity Nordoff Robbins, works hand-in-hand with the music industry to raise awareness of its life-changing music therapy services. Top stars such as Ne-Yo, Anne Marie and Level 42 performed at Get Loud shows at Caffé Nero coffee shops around the UK on Wednesday 13 September, or donated free tickets to their tours to support the cause.

The parliament launch gathered MPs, individuals and organisations specialising in mental health, autism and dementia, as well as educators and the music industry. Together they raised awareness of music therapy, discussed key policy, and celebrated the positive impact music can have on people’s lives.

Owen Coggins from Nordoff Robbbins' research team, Simon Procter, Director of Music Services at Nordoff Robbins, Paul Rutter, Head of Music at Solent, and Elaine McGregor, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapist.

Julie Whelan, Chief Executive at Nordoff Robbins, says: “Every day Nordoff Robbins’ music therapists change the lives of vulnerable and isolated people across the UK, living with unimaginable challenges. Get Loud enables us to reach more people in more places, so we can help even more individuals, groups and families to benefit from our music therapy services.”

Paul Rutter, Head of Music at Solent, adds: “It was an honour to be invited to the launch, and hugely enlightening to learn more about the musical, psychological and social skills that a music therapist must possess in order to carry out their work with diverse social groups.”

Nordoff Robbins has visited Southampton Solent University as part of our Music Academic Partnership with UK Music. The charity will return again soon to discuss its important work and opportunities for Solent students.