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Paolo Nutini joins young people who receive music therapy from Nordoff Robbins Scotland to celebrate the new partnership between the charity and the SSE Hydro, Scotland's leading live entertainment arena.'''Picture by Chris James  28/3/14
Paolo Nutini joins young people who receive music therapy from Nordoff Robbins Scotland to celebrate the new partnership between the charity and the SSE Hydro, Scotland's leading live entertainment arena.'''Picture by Chris James 28/3/14

Acclaimed songwriter and performer Paolo Nutini met with young people who receive music therapy from Nordoff Robbins Scotland outside The SSE Hydro to launch a new partnership between the charity and Scotland’s leading live entertainment arena.

Nordoff Robbins Scotland is the only music therapy charity in Scotland. Its music therapists help over 400 children, young people and adults every week using the power of music to improve their health and wellbeing. Nordoff Robbins Scotland has been chosen as the first charitable partnership to be announced by the venue.

Prior to Nutini’s weekend of gigs in Scotland, he joined 3 youngsters from his home town of Paisley who receive music therapy from Nordoff Robbins Scotland.

Paolo Nutini said: “I’ve been involved with Nordoff Robbins in Scotland for quite a few years now and was honoured to be asked to help launch the ‘Make Music Change Lives’ Campaign at The Hydro. I’m a massive believer in the power of music and it was a pleasure to meet Jackson, Jamie and Ross today and hear how music therapy benefits and enriches their lives.”

John Langford, Director of Concerts, Events and Ticketing at the SECC said: “The SSE Hydro is delighted to have appointed Nordoff Robbins Scotland as its official charity partner. This is a charity we wholly support and applaud for the work it does. People and music are at the heart of what we do as a venue and Nordoff Robbins Scotland takes this to a higher level by enriching people’s lives through its music therapy with incredible results.”

As well as customers who purchase tickets to events at The SSE Hydro and Clyde Auditorium being given the opportunity to donate, the venue will be working closely with fundraisers to give the charity the opportunity to raise awareness of the work it does through a series of projects.

Carolyne Nurse, Fundraising Director, Nordoff Robbins Scotland said: “To be the chosen charity of The SSE Hydro is a fantastic opportunity for a small charity like Nordoff Robbins Scotland. Our vision ‘Make Music – Change Lives’ is a perfect fit for Scotland’s newest music venue. Together, we will be working hard to raise funds in order that our therapists can bring the power of music therapy to many more people across Scotland. By donating as little as £2 whenever you buy your tickets via the venues online box office Ticket Soup, you really will be helping to ‘Make Music - Change Lives’.”

People can also donate towards music therapy in Scotland by texting ‘MMCL14 £2’ to 70070 to donate £2.