- Words Miriam Balanescu
For the ninth episode of the Nordoff Robbins ‘We Are Listening’ campaign, meet music therapy patient, Romano, and discover his journey to performing at the Royal Albert Hall.
The ninth installment of the Nordoff Robbins ‘We Are Listening’ campaign, titled ‘Therapy for Good’, will be divided into two segments, both following music therapy patient, Romano. For Romano, who is autistic, music therapy has been critical as a way to establish meaningful communication and build confidence.
The first part, launched on the 14th June and available until the 20th follows a session with Romano’s music therapist, Emily. For Romano, who has been receiving music therapy since he was 5 years old, the sessions provide a way to develop communication and awareness as well as stimulating social, physical, and emotional development.
In part 2, Romano will head to Kensington’s The Royal Albert Hall, there to perform with the House Gospel Choir, the Nordoff Robbins choir, and Gorilliaz pianist Mike Smith, under the direction of Grammy-nominated director Nicolas Davies. The video will air between the 21st and the 27th June.
The performance will take inspiration from a music therapy session with Romano. Romano’s mum, Tina, has said: “When he sings, it doesn’t matter to him if it’s clear or not because there’s not a risk that he won’t be understood, so it doesn’t shatter his confidence.”
The videos are available to watch on the Nordoff Robbins website.