Tim Minchin drops in at Noro Music Therapy

MULTI-AWARD winning composer/lyricist, musician, comedian, actor, writer, producer and director Tim Minchin took time out from his busy schedule last week to pay a visit to Noro Music Therapy HQ, to see first-hand the amazing work being done with their Music Therapy programs.

When Noro first began providing clinical programs over two decades ago, the perception of music therapy (and its benefit) was limited. But they knew they were doing something significant and valuable for many people.

Today, they are at the forefront of music therapy, widely regarded as exemplars in their field and innovators in how they operate.

Tim, David, Jenny

Tim was recently confirmed as a performer at Noro’s major fundraising event, Art of Music, where he’ll be playing his donated, one-of-a-kind, illustrated ‘Airport Piano’, ahead of it’s auction. Art of Music will take place at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Saturday, 25 June 2022 and will also have Kate Ceberano, PJ Harding and Ngaiire entertaining the audience on the night.

Art of Music takes Australia’s music royalty, pairs them up with some of Australia’s greatest living artists, and then unites them with one of the world’s most inspirational charities. Due to the financial impact that COVID-19 has had on the non-profit organisation, coupled with the heightened demand for services, the proceeds from the Art of Music 2022 event will come at a crucial time for Noro.

“I’m so admiring of the work Noro does, and it was a huge honour to get out to their base in Penrith to observe some of their work. I can’t wait to play at the Art of Music dinner, and look forward to my desecrated piano being sold to some foolish rich person for waaaay too much money.” said Tim.

Tim Minchin & his desecrated Airport Piano

Belinda Leonard, Noro’s CEO, added “It was fantastic to have Tim Minchin visit us, so he could understand first-hand the impact his generosity will have. It was nothing less than heart-warming to see Tim authentically interact with our participants, I think he has a few new fans!

“We are so grateful to Jenny Morris and all the artists and performers for supporting Noro and enabling us to deliver services that support some of the most vulnerable in our community.”

Noro sees over 1,750 people a week, from small babies to elderly Australians, using music in a variety of programs, including Mini Rockers for Early Childhood, Guitars for Vets to support the mental health of returned Service Men and Women, Guitars for Firie’s to support the mental health of RFS Volunteers, all in addition to music therapy programs in their own clinics and at aged care centres, schools, disability centres and hospitals.