At the most wonderful time of the year, Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity is delighted to be hosting ‘The Stars Come Out To Sing At Christmas’ on Tuesday 15th December, a star studded evening of Christmas carols, festive messages and spectacular musical performances streamed via carols.nordoff-robbins.org.uk
For the first time ever, the much-loved Nordoff Robbins Carol Service will be virtual, as they continue the legacy of this special event bringing family, friends and supporters together. Hosted by music’s most loved legend, Nile Rodgers, this years’ service will bring Christmas to you at home, with special appearances from a star-studded line-up across the world including Sir Cliff Richard, the international star who has spent four Christmases at number one, with contributions from the Roger Daltrey from The Who, the incredible Florence Welch, plus the sublime Jack Savoretti.
American pop-rockers OneRepublic arealso joining the bill, with some of the UK’s finest musical talents Freya Ridings, Kaiser Chiefs, James Dean Bradfield from Manic Street Preachers, Simple Minds, Rebecca Ferguson, and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue. It’s an evening jam packed with special appearances, including a festive message from BBC Young Musician award winning Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and many more yet to be announced.
This year has been a challenge for everybody and so a host of the biggest stars are coming together to spread much needed Christmas cheer and raise valuable funds for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, a charity that is important to every single artist involved. As they perform classic Christmas carols, share their holiday messages and bring some festive surprises along the way, viewers at home are encouraged to enjoy their own Christmas celebrations and most importantly, are invited to donate at any point during the virtual concert.
All proceeds will go to Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, the UK’s largest independent music therapy charity, who are dedicated to enriching the lives of people affected by life limiting illness, isolation or disability through music.
Nile Rodgers says, “Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy is a charity close to my heart as I’ve witnessed the power of music firsthand. I’ve seen how music connects with people all over the world in a way that nothing else can so when I heard that Nordoff Robbins were taking their annual carol service online, I jumped at the chance to host the event and to bring along some of my closest musical friends to help spread some Christmas cheer.
I know how hard this year has been for everyone, in particular charities. Because of the pandemic, Nordoff Robbins are expecting to lose much of their fundraising income. This means they are able to help less people, including children with autism who rely on music therapy for a sense of connection or those affected by life-limiting illnesses or disability – even though their services are needed now more than ever.
Join me on Tuesday 15 December at 7pm from the comfort of your own homes for a merry singalong and lots festive fun as The Stars Come Out To Sing At Christmas – to help raise vital funds for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.”
Sir Cliff Richard adds: “I’m so excited to be performing on the Nordoff Robbins carol service this year – please join me on Tuesday 15 December for some Christmas cheer and help to raise vital funds for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.”
The appearances will come from across the globe – including the stars’ homes, the famous Abbey Road Studios and in keeping with the traditional service from previous years, the choir will be filmed from St Luke’s Church in Chelsea.
This year’s incredible line up would not be possible without the hard work of the Hipgnosis Songs Fund and its CEO and Founder Merck Mercuriadis, who along with co-founder Nile Rodgers have worked tirelessly to rally many of the artists together for the special Christmas concert.
Sandra Schembri, CEO of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, said:
“What a wonderful event this year’s carol service is going to be. We are so thankful to everyone who is making this event reality – our funding partner, Hipgnosis Songs Fund, streaming partners LSEG and OpenExchange, as well as all the artists who are involved, you are helping to put on a magical evening of Christmas carols.
This year Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy has been hit really hard. Our fundraising (pre-pandemic) has always been about bringing people together to celebrate the power of music. But we have simply not been able to do this in 2020.
Now we are expecting to lose around 75% of our fundraising income, contributing to a loss of income of almost £6million. This means we will be able to help less people with the power of music – even though our services are needed now more than ever.
However, it’s events like this, with the support of our partners, artists and everyone watching at home, that will help us continue to meet the needs of people with music as and where we can – whether online or face to face.
I hope everyone joins in for a wonderful night and celebrates the power of music with us.”
Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy is delighted to have SSE Energy Services Ltd as partner for the event, as well as Scala Radio as their media partner for a second year running, Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited as a funding partner and Modern English Digital as digital partner.
The event will be available to watch on Tuesday 15th December at 7pm GMT via carols.nordoff-robbins.org.uk