Alison Balsom to be awarded the Classical Award at this year’s Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards

Nordoff Robbins have today announced that the award-winning classical trumpeter Alison Balsom is to receive the PPL Classical Award at this year’s Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards.

The star-studded event, in aid of music charity Nordoff Robbins, a favourite charity of the music industry, will take place on Friday 28 June 2013 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. (PPL Chairman Fran Nevrkla is pictured right with Alison Balsom.)

Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music's great ambassadors and is ranked among the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today.

Alison Balsom says, “I am truly honoured to be receiving the PPL Classical Award at the 2013 O2 Silver Clef Awards. I am so proud to be involved with something so vital and life-changing for so many people. As a musician, I can't think of a more valuable thing for me to do than to help highlight the constant need for a charity such as Nordoff Robbins. The value of something which is abstract and yet healing, unquantifiable, and yet so obviously transforming, is something that we as musicians live and breathe every day. I am so moved to see it being shared so skilfully in music therapy, helping so many children and adults in so many profound ways."

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer at PPL says, “We would like to congratulate Alison Balsom on winning the Classical Award and are delighted to be an award sponsor at the O2 Silver Clef Awards. Nordoff Robbins and PPL have worked in partnership for many years. Sponsoring the MITs, The Football Extravaganza and Silver Clef Awards are highlights in the PPL calendar, not to mention being able to help the charity continue their good work. Everyone associated with PPL knows that we are the fortunate ones being able to help transform lives through music.”

Music charity Nordoff Robbins uses music to transform the lives of people of all ages all over the UK. Supported heavily by the music industry, where they are the charity of choice at the BRITs and the MITs, Nordoff Robbins provide over 50,000 music therapy sessions annually in a variety of settings across the UK including schools, day centres, hospitals and care homes, in addition to their main centre and units.

The Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards 2013 event is hoping to raise £500,000 to fund 20,000 life-transforming music therapy sessions for children and adults across the UK.