James Anderson named Nordoff Robbins Ambassador

England cricketer James Anderson has been named Ambassador for Nordoff Robbins, who provide music therapy as a means of supporting people who are affected by illness, disability and trauma.

James, who supported Nordoff Robbins in 2012 during his Benefit Year, joins Emeli Sande, Alfie Boe and Laura Wright as an official Ambassador for the charity.

He comments, ‘Nordoff Robbins’ music therapy work struck a real chord with me. I’m a really big music fan so to see a charity using music to transform lives is really special to me. During a visit to their centre, I got to see first-hand the difference music therapy can make to all kinds of people. Their work is really unique and I’m proud to support them.’

James is an extremely talented cricketer and a key facet to his success, particularly in the Test arena has been his ability to bowl consistent line and length deliveries. His ability to adapt to the conditions and batsmen he is confronted with is another key strength lauded by critics. These statistics highlight his quality and the opinion that his control is outstanding. In fact he has become England’s premier fast bowler and leader of the bowling attack. He made his first class debut for Lancashire at the age of 19, his England ODI debut at 20 and has become an integral part of England’s rise to the number one Test team in the world.

Nordoff Robbins is extremely proud and grateful to have James as an Ambassador. Jo Carter, Director of Fundraising at Nordoff

Robbins said:

“James has a real passion for music and, like us, a strong belief in the difference music can make to people’s lives. We are delighted to have him on board and we are proud to have him as an Ambassador. We know his involvement will help us raise much needed funds and awareness to enable us to bring the transformative power of music to many more lives.”

No other organisation uses music to reach so many people, in so many contexts, with such consistently high levels of expertise. The power of music affects us all – through Nordoff Robbins it can transform lives.

James plays first-class cricket for Lancashire and since bursting onto the scene in 2002/03, before his first full season of county cricket, Anderson has represented England in over 80 Test matches and over 160 One Day Internationals. He is England’s all time highest international wicket-taker when combined across all three formats, and only the fourth English bowler to take 300 Test wickets. Currently he is ranked third in ICC Test bowler rankings.

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