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Gary Barlow set to return to the Royal Albert Hall for a very special evening in aid of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

26 November, 2013

Gary Barlow today announced a surprise show that will see him heading back to the beautiful and intimate setting of London’s Royal Albert Hall for a very special night of music in aid of music charity, Nordoff Robbins.

The concert will take place on Tuesday 22 April 2014 and is an opportunity to raise much needed funds for Nordoff Robbins, to support the music therapy work the charity carries out around the UK.  Tickets will go on sale on Friday 29th November at 10am.

Gary Barlow said:
“I feel really honoured to have been asked to perform for Nordoff Robbins. It is a charity that makes such a difference to people’s lives, using music to give a voice to those who don't always have one. We had such an amazing time at the Royal Albert Hall the last time we were there so I know it's going to be a very special, intimate show.”

Dr Marcus Stephan, CEO at Nordoff Robbins said:
“Gary Barlow is one the UK’s most successful and well-respected singer-songwriters and we are thrilled and delighted he is performing for Nordoff Robbins.

“This is a perfect opportunity to raise funds and awareness for Nordoff Robbins, an organisation which has music at its very core. As a musician, Gary Barlow understands only too well about the power of music and the positive difference music therapy can make to people’s lives. All the money raised from the event will help Nordoff Robbins fund music therapy sessions across the UK for people who are vulnerable and isolated.

“I would like to say an enormous thank you to the Royal Albert Hall for their incredible generosity in granting us their annual free charity let. This will substantially increase the amount of money we are able to raise at the event, thus enabling us to deliver even more music therapy sessions to those who really need it.”

Chris Cotton, Chief Executive of the Royal Albert Hall, said:
“It is a privilege for the Royal Albert Hall to continue supporting the inspiring work of Nordoff Robbins by awarding them our Annual Charity Free Let 2014. In addition, I am sure that we will continue to support them through our sponsorship of the Best British Act at the O2 Silver Clef Awards.  Both charities believe in transforming lives through live music; it is very close to our hearts. We are delighted to welcome Gary Barlow back to the Royal Albert Hall for what will be an amazing concert. Come and join us to raise much needed funds for Nordoff Robbins”. 

This week also sees the release of Gary’s first solo studio album in over 14 years Since I Saw You Last.

Nordoff Robbins is a music therapy charity, dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults. They work with people who have a range of challenges such as autism, dementia, depression and physical and learning disabilities. Music therapy is a specialist use of music to help people in many different ways – for some it has physical benefits, for others emotional or social ones and helps many to communicate where they have struggled to do so previously. The results of music therapy can have a profound impact on individuals and their families and all those around them.

Nordoff Robbins have just launched their 2013 Christmas Appeal, with a short animated film featuring Emeli Sandé. For more info and to watch the film, visit www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/MusicIsMedicine or search for #MusicIsMedicine.

With Take That, Gary Barlow can count eight Number One albums, selling more than 30 million copies, to his name. He has also been party to fifteen No.1 singles, sold seven million concert tickets as well as being the proud recipient of six Ivor Novello Awards. He was awarded an OBE for his contribution to British music last year following the work he has done with BBC Children In Need and the hugely successful Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. Gary currently sits as a judge on the UK's No 1 show The X Factor for the third year running.

Tickets start at £35 and will be on sale from 10am on Friday 29 November from:
www.royalalberthall.com, www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk 

ENDS

For further information, please contact:
Richard Dawes on 020 3327 7151 or email richard.dawes@dawbell.com 
Maria Barham on 07956 211 788 or email maria.barham@dawbell.com 

For Nordoff Robbins, please contact:
Lucy Jackson on 020 7428 0061 / 07872 9706360 or email lucy.jackson@nordoff-robbins.org.uk

For the Royal Albert Hall, please contact:
Jessica Silvester on 020 7959 0510 / jessicas@royalalberthall.com

About Nordoff Robbins
Nordoff Robbins is a music therapy charity, dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults. They work with people with a range of challenges such as autism, dementia, depression and physical and learning disabilities.

Music therapy is a specialist use of music to help people in many different ways – for some it has physical benefits, for others emotional or social ones and helps many to communicate where they have struggled to do so previously. The results of music therapy can have a profound impact on individuals and their families and all those around them. As one user said recently, “I simply couldn’t live without this music every week.”

They carry out their work in their own music therapy centres, in schools, community centres, hospitals and care homes. They also train music therapists through their own Masters degree programme.

Nordoff Robbins is a small organisation but needs to raise £3 million every year to continue to provide music therapy to all those who desperately need it.

www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk. Registered charity no. 280960.

About the Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breath-taking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events.

Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, the Hall is a registered charity which operates without public revenue funding, remaining true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with 200 events outside the auditorium, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging with its existing customers.

The Hall also offers the Elgar Room, a state-of-the-art small-scale performance space which hosts performances of classical music, jazz and world music, comedy and cabaret, dance and hush, a series of gigs for just signed bands throughout the year. In the main auditorium it offers the Albert Sessions, an initiative to encourage up and coming acts to play at the Hall by offering reduced rental fees to promoters and lower ticket prices to encourage younger audiences.

It also works extensively with schools, young people, disadvantaged groups and partners such as Music For Youth through its education programme, reaching over 100,000 participants a year as part of its extensive public benefit remit. It has also been appointed by the Arts Council as one of the country’s regional music education hubs.

www.royalalberthall.com Registered charity no: 254543

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