Nordoff Robbins, the national specialist music charity, has announced today that Jessie J and Andrew Lloyd Webber will reunite as they both win 2012 Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards.
The O2 Silver Clef Awards is hosted by Nordoff Robbins at the London Hilton on Park Lane, on Friday June 29th. The star-studded annual event which is known for its who's who audience of A-list musical heavyweights recognises outstanding musical talent whilst raising money for the national specialist music charity, Nordoff Robbins, using music to transform the lives of vulnerable children and adults.
Andrew Lloyd Webber will receive the Sony Mobile 'Lifetime Achievement' Award, presented to him by Jessie J. Jessie J was 11 years old when she was discovered by Andrew Lloyd Webber and chosen to star in his West End production of Whistle Down The Wind – the start of her highly successful music career.
Jessie J will be given the Royal Albert Hall 'Best British Act' Award. Jessie J is thrilled to be winning her award on the same night that the global musical legend is being awarded his.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said "I am honoured to be the recipient of this year's Sony Mobile 'Lifetime Achievement' Award at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef lunch, and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the wonderful work of Nordoff Robbins in transforming lives through music therapy. I'm looking forward to celebrating with Jessie J and the other award winners in June."
Nuala Donnelly from the O2 Sponsorship Team said "2012 is a year of celebration for the UK, for O2 and for the Silver Clef awards in aid of Nordoff Robbins. The tenth birthday both of O2 and the awards is a huge landmark and shows how committed we are to supporting Nordoff Robbins in its music therapy work. We want to continue to help Nordoff Robbins reach new audiences and the Silver Clef awards are perfect for this, getting bigger and better each year. We hope this year's celebration of both established music icons and the youngest, freshest stars will gather a whole new host of fans to Nordoff Robbins to help continue to transform lives through music therapy."
Sony Mobile said "We are constantly inspired by music charity Nordoff Robbins, whose music therapy work proves how powerful the arts can be in transforming lives. Similarly, Lord Lloyd Webber and his Foundation's tireless work supporting UK projects that make a true impact on people's lives, particularly in music, culture and the arts, is outstanding. It is an area very dear to our hearts and we are hugely proud to present him with this award."
Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Albert Hall said "The Royal Albert Hall has been enthusiastic supporters of Nordoff Robbins for many years. As a charity with a remit to promote the arts and sciences and an entertainment venue renowned for the quality and range of music on our stage, we are proud to support Nordoff Robbins' valuable work using music to transform lives."
David Munns, Chairman, Nordoff Robbins said "Our work at Nordoff Robbins is life changing. Since the Silver Clef Awards began 37 years ago, they have raised over £8m for Nordoff Robbins, allowing us to use music to transform the lives of many thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
"We're delighted to announce two incredible artists and inspirations to be joining us, touching the lives of so many supporters through music. Andrew Lloyd Webber is simply nothing less than a global musical legend. Having devoted his life to the arts, he is responsible for creating some of the most beautiful and unforgettable music of our time – and has been one of the UK's most generous philanthropists. We're delighted and honoured to award him the Nordoff Robbins Sony Mobile 'Lifetime Achievement' Award 2012. To be able to combine this with our Royal Albert Hall 'Best British' Act for 2012 being Jessie J, is something really quite remarkable – I think the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Lunch this year will be a fantastic event, allowing us to further our help to so many more – we still have a long way to go to ensure we can deliver our music services to all those who need them."