We have some coverage about Hayley's visit to the Nordoff Robbins Center but I don't believe we have seen this particular video.
It gives an indication of how natural Hayley is when she visits children, especially those with special needs. I am one of the lucky few to have witnessed her in that environment at the Alfred Salter School in London.
Because of all the good work she does for UNICEF, for WEN, for the Music Therapy Centre, etc, etc, I am sure she will become universally known as a goodwill ambassador. I have long been tempted to suggest that there is something about Hayley that reminds me of Princess Diana. There, I've said it!
Roger - for years, I couldn't think of anyone who could reach Lady Diana's goodwill through humanitarian actions - but now, it's only fair to say that Hayley's clearly on her traces. It's so nice to see her that implicated.
I've just found the video transcript - just in case.
SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, CNN Aired November 24, 2005 - 19:00:00 ET
HAMMER: Well, now another story of giving back, this time through music. It`s the story of how singing can make a difference in the lives of many and it`s actually being used as therapy.
SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`S David Haffenreffer is in the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom with that story.
DAVID HAFFENREFFER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A.J., musicians from Eric Clapton to Neil Young have all actively supported music therapy, a way to build communication and reach people with disabilities.
Music therapy centers are popping up around the globe, and SHOWBIZ TONIGHT learned firsthand how it works. I spent the day with Hayley Westenra, the young New Zealand singing sensation whose success abroad has been compared to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
She`s an active volunteer at a London music therapy center, and we got to see how it all works here in New York.
HAFFENREFFER (voice-over): She`s an 18-year-old singer from New Zealand but she`s already a major international star with two albums under her belt and legions of fans. And as SHOWBIZ TONIGHT found out, her classical voice can captivate any audience.
And it`s her work helping young children through music therapy that keeps her singing.
SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was there as Haley worked with three New York City children at the Norta Robin (ph) Center for Music Therapy at New York University.
All of the children have disabilities. Ileesh (ph) has Down Syndrome, and Thomas and Austin the boys struggle with communication and speech disabilities. But all have been helped over the past two years through the stimulating and therapeutic effects of music.
HAYLEY WESTENRA, SINGER: It`s just amazing to see the joy on their faces and just the joy on their faces. And you know, they now can still communicate and because music is kind of -- has become the key really. Music has managed to get through the thick kind of shell and barrier they - - a lot of children put up when they have a disability. And they`re in their own little world but music manages to break through that.
HAFFENREFFER: Music therapy is built on a belief that everyone can respond to music, despite illness or disabilities. Therapists use music to reach the patient and develop a relationship. Researchers say the result is a sharper response, better motor skills and an improved ability to relate to others.
Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Neil Young and Bon Jovi are just a few musicians who have actively supported the cause.
HAFFENREFFER: Hayley actively helps people through music in London, too, and told me it makes a lot of sense.
WESTENRA: There`s something magic about music. You know, it manages to really kind of reach you. I feel so fortunate to, you know, have this opportunity to fulfill my dream, and I`ve been given so much. And so, yes, I do feel, you know, obliged to really give something back.
Do you like singing?
HAFFENREFFER: Westenra`s sophomore album, "Odyssey," just released, and is in stores now. Her first album, "Pure," sold over two million copies worldwide and topped the British classical charts. So this is one to watch -- A.J.
HAMMER: David, thanks very much. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s David Haffenreffer.
Edit: To enlarge the text, the size tags must be inside the quote tags. Richard
Thanks so much for finding this video, you seem to have found quite a few articles & videos that no-one has seen before in your short time as a member - very well done and keep going I look forward to more of your posts in the future
Thanks for finding that video, which we hadn't seen before, it is very interesting to watch!
We do have a thread started in September 2005 which includes an excellent GMTV report about Hayley's visit to the London Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre. This formed part of her appearance on GMTV, when she gave two interviews, the video report I just mentioned, and sung What You Never Know (Won't Hurt You)The thread is here and there is complete video coverage with the first clip and first post including the Nordoff-Robbins visit.
I digitised these videos at a time when HWI was temporarily unable to accept additional videos and Gerrit kindly helped out by storing them for me and HWI in his hwi.net webspace. We'd meant to add them to the main HWI site long before now but it got overlooked and we shall add it in due course.
I'm surprised people are just now discovering this video! It's been mentioned on Hayley's official site and in the official site's forum for months.
Actually, I'm not surprised. Hayley's official site wasn't that exciting and inviting for the longest time and many people are basically thwarted from using its forums. A much richer assortment and discussion of Hayley-related material exist at HWI
In any case, if you wish to see some earlier discussion of this video, click HERE!