UK music therapy charity Nordoff and Robbins is to host its annual O2 Silver Clef Awards on 30 June, following last year’s return to JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London after a two-year hiatus.
The O2 Silver Clef Awards, Nordoff and Robbins’ largest annual fundraising event, raises funds to help people connect and communicate through music. The awards have raised more than £11m for the charity since launching in 1976.
Last year’s ceremony, which raised over £750,000, saw Becky Hill, Tom Walker, Kano, Griff, Tems, YUNGBLUD, London Grammar and Alexis Ffrench receive awards, with Peter Gabriel (pictured) winning the O2 Silver Clef Award, Frankie Valli honoured with the Icon Award, and Jools Holland OBE receiving the accolade for Outstanding Achievement.
George Michael’s personal Bechstein Grand piano raised £200,000 on the day, after a performance of Cowboys and Angels by pianist Derek Paravicini. Guest presenters included Matt Berry, MNEK, Angellica Bell, Aries Moross, Nitin Sawhney, Harriet Rose, Fraser T Smith and Graham Gouldman.
The O2 Silver Clef Awards Committee chair Emma Banks said, “Last year’s event, the first since 2019, was a real reminder of the power that music has to connect us all on so many levels, and we’re looking forward to feeling that magic in the air again this summer.”
Nordoff and Robbins CEO Sandra Schembri said, “The need for music therapy across the UK is currently the highest it’s ever been, and money raised through events like the O2 Silver Clef Awards goes a long way towards helping us meet that demand. With your help, we can move forward and make music therapy accessible to even more people across society.”