- Words Louis Rabinowitz
Nordoff Robbins honours faces new and old in the first O2 Silver Clef Awards since 2019.
Leading music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins annually recognises some of the biggest names in music with its O2 Silver Clef Awards, but the ceremony has been postponed the last couple of years due to the COVID pandemic. Thankfully, it’s returning in style this year for its first edition since 2019.
The Awards will gather at Grosvenor House in London on July 1 to honour an impressive slate of winners, headlined by industry legend Peter Gabriel, who will be honoured with the flagship O2 Silver Clef Award, which has previously been won by the likes of Oasis and Ed Sheeran.
On the honour, Gabriel says, “I’m delighted to receive the O2 Silver Clef award. I’ve always believed the role of music goes way beyond entertainment, and I’m convinced that sound and light have a critical role to play in therapies and healing in the future. It’s wonderful to see Nordoff Robbins using music to reach young people, who otherwise would feel much more isolated and vulnerable, and giving them a means of expressing their emotions. I’m working on a project called Reverberation – on the impact of music on the brain and body, so this award is very timely. I fully support Nordoff Robbins’ belief in exploring and expanding the positive role music can have for everyone in our society.”
Other winners include faces new and old. American icon Frankie Valli will pick up the American Express Icon Award, while BBC mainstay Jools Holland earns the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Individual awards will go to Becky Hill (Best Female), Tom Walker (Best Male), Kano (Innovation Award), Tems (International Award), Griff (Best New Music), Alexis Ffrench (Classical Award) and YUNGBLUD (Best Live Act). Group honours include London Grammar (Best Group).