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Wet Wet Wet, a band who have sold in excess of 15 million records whilst notching up over thirty UK chart hits including three number 1âs, announced today a very special intimate London show to commemorate their long standing relationship with the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy charity. The band will play Koko in London on Wednesday 20th May.
Wet Wet Wet has a long history with Nordoff Robbins dating back to when they themselves received a Silver Clef award for new music in 1988. At this point band members Graeme, Tommy, Neil and Marti were introduced to the inspiring work that the charity does, using music to help people express themselves and communicate. The band went on to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992 in aid of Nordoff Robbins, funds from which opened a much needed library at their London-based music therapy centre in 1993. The facility is still used to this day by Nordoff Robbins students and therapists alike. The band have since been staunch supporters and have decided to mark the longevity of their relationship with Nordoff Robbins, in what is the 40th birthday year for the charity, with this very special show.
The band are a renowned live act having played to over four million people across 25 countries and although they are normally seen performing in massive arenas, the smaller surroundings of the Koko gig will allow fans to get a lot closer than normal. With a massive catalogue of much loved songs including Julia Says, Somewhere Somehow, Sweet Little Mystery and Goodnight Girl, this is a chance to see how the band earned their reputation as one of the most powerful live artists around.
Marti Pellow, lead singer of Wet Wet Wet said âWe get to do two things we love - play live to our fans and support a charity we have believed in since day one. The work Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy does is special and it works. They are so dedicated and we wanted to wish them happy birthday by putting on this show.â
Drummer Tommy Cunningham added âMusic has given us a lot in life, and itâs great to be able to use music to give something back, we are very proud of our association with Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.â
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 â for some it has physical benefits, for others emotional or social ones and helps many to communicate where theyâve struggled to do so previously.
They carry out their work in their own music therapy centre and units, in schools, day centres, hospitals and care homes. They also train music therapists to Masters level.
Nordoff Robbins receives no government funding. They derive a significant amount of their income from individual sponsors and events such as the Silver Clef Awards and the Music Industry Trust Awards, which enable them to continue to build awareness of their services and transform lives.
The Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards honours artists from across the music industry, whilst raising much-needed funds for Nordoff Robbins. The event, which has raised £8.5 million for Nordoff Robbins since its inception in 1976, is a chance for the charity to give something back to the music industry, from which they receive significant support throughout the year. The event is attended by artists, celebrities and the great and the good of the music industry.
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