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A postcard from Sir Paul McCartney boosts the coffers at a Leeds charity auction

PUBLISHED: 17:14 23 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:25 20 February 2013

A postcard from Sir Paul McCartney boosts the coffers at a Leeds charity auction

A postcard from Sir Paul McCartney boosts the coffers at a Leeds charity auction

A postcard from Sir Paul McCartney boosts the coffers at a Leeds charity auction

A postcard drawn by Sir Paul McCartney has raised almost 1,600 for music charities Nordoff Robbins and Live Music Now in an auction organised by the University of Leeds.


The small, white, rectangular artwork was created to support the universitys charity initiative Piano Postcards, launched on the back of the world-famous Leeds International Piano Competition, of which it is a long-term supporter.


Sir Pauls postcard was auctioned alongside sketches from a host of other public figures including singer-songwriter Emeli Sand, acclaimed Leeds writer Alan Bennett, Olympic hero Alistair Brownlee, classical musician Katherine Jenkins, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, Grammy Award-winning opera singer Sir Thomas Allen and Sunday Times columnist India Knight.

The postcards, which were themed around pianos and music, have been on display as part of a unique exhibition hosted at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery.


Were absolutely delighted to have raised so much money for these worthy charities, said Isabel Hunt, communications director at the University of Leeds.


Nordoff Robbins is a national specialist music charity which delivers music therapy to a broad range of people in a broad range of places including schools, hospitals, care homes and prisons across the UK.


Its goal is to bring musics transforming power to as many children and adults as possible through the delivery of three main objectives which are providing music therapy and other relevant music services of the highest quality for people who are the most in need; training future generations of music therapists to masters degree and PhD level and informing the public about music therapy via short courses and workshops and carrying out research that demonstrates the effectiveness of music therapy.


The charity helps people who are limited or isolated by their condition including those suffering from autism, dementia, depression, brain injury, learning difficulties and learning disabilities, and in some cases life-threatening or terminal illness.


Live Music Now is the largest provider of live music to the UKs welfare, educational, justice and health sectors.


It has a unique resource of specially trained musicians.
For over 30 years, LMN has been putting into practice the visionary ideals of its founders, Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker, to bring the joy and inspiration of live music to those who have limited access to conventional music-making, and helping to develop the careers of young talented musicians.


LMNs music programmes (comprising over 3,000 events each year) deliver social, emotional, physical and educational benefits to participants of all ages and abilities.

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