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New music therapy centre opens to help young people across the region

The new centre is the first of its kind outside London Photo: Graham Wylie Foundation/ Nordoff Robbins

A brand new music therapy centre in Newcastle has been officially opened by Tyneside legend Sting.

Music therapy is used to help vulnerable and isolated people communicate and improve their wellbeing.

Children from Hadrian School in Newcastle performed at the opening. Credit: ITV News

Based at the former matron’s lodge at Newcastle’s Fleming Hospital, the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre, is the only one of its kind outside London.

The Kaiser Chiefs stars, Ricky Wilson and Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines break ground at the Newcastle site. Credit: ITV News

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson who was also at today's grand opening, broke the ground on the new centre as building work began in November 2017.

The centre has a room named after the band, who have helped raise money for the organisation, which is supported by the Graham Wylie Foundation.

Children from Hadrian School in Newcastle performed at the opening.

Sting to attend the opening of the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre Credit: PA

“We are incredibly grateful to Sting for taking the time out of his incredibly busy schedule to declare the Nordoff Music Therapy Centre open."

– Graham Wylie