Nordoff Robbins – the charity that harnesses music to reach children and adults whose lives are constrained by illness, disability, trauma or exclusion – has announced that acclaimed musician and campaigner Annie Lennox OBE will be honoured with the prestigious O2 Silver Clef Award at this year’s Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards Lunch.

This star-studded event in aid of music charity Nordoff Robbins, the chosen charity of the music industry, will take place on Friday 1 July at London Hilton, Park Lane. The O2 Silver Clef Award is the most prestigious of the nine awards handed out at the event. It’s given to a British artiste in recognition of their contribution to UK music. Other winners at the 2011 Silver Clef Awards are Tinie Tempah (TAG Design & Interactive: Best Newcomer award) and Alfie Boe (PPL Classical Award). Further award winners will be announced soon.

Annie Lennox joins an illustrious list of artistes who have been honored with the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award including The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne, and last year, Muse.

“I am thrilled and honoured to be receiving the O2 Silver Clef Award from Nordoff Robbins,” said Annie. “I’ve supported Nordoff Robbins over the years and I’m a firm believer in their work and the healing power of music.”

David Munns, Chairman, Nordoff Robbins added, "We are proud and honoured to be awarding Annie Lennox the O2 Silver Clef Award. As a prize that recognizes the contribution a British artiste has made to music, I can think of no more worthy recipient. As an outstanding musician and philanthropist, Annie’s influence has been felt globally.

“Our work at Nordoff Robbins is life changing. Since the Silver Clef Awards began 36 years ago, they have raised over £8m for Nordoff Robbins, allowing us to use music transform the lives of many thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people – but we still have a long way to go to ensure we can deliver our music services to all those who need them.”

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