Iron Maiden have been announced as the winners of the O2 Silver Clef 2015 Award for outstanding contribution to UK music.
The prize was revealed at a private party at The Club at Café Royal in London earlier this evening (March 23) hosted by music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. The event marked 40 years of the charity.
“Nordoff Robbins is an exceptional charity and their dedication to changing people’s lives through music therapy is something we all very much support,” said the band in a statement. “We’re extremely proud to receive the O2 Silver Clef Award and be part of the 40th anniversary event celebrating this wonderful achievement.”
More awards will be given at the O2 Silver Clef Lunch on July 3 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Operatic group Il Divo were also given an award today, the PPL Classical Award. “It is because of events like the O2 Silver Clef Awards that Nordoff Robbins is able to continue to deliver essential music therapy services to vulnerable and isolated people across the UK,” said Nordoff Robbins CEO Julie Whelan. “Since 1976, the event has brought together artists from all areas of the music industry, raising an incredible £8.5 million in the process.”
Meanwhile, Iron Maiden have confirmed that their 16th studio album is finished and will be released in the next couple of months. In February the band revealed that frontman Bruce Dickinson is undergoing cancer treatment after doctors discovered a small tumour on the back of his tongue. Dickinson is expected to return to full health.
Drummer, Nicko McBrain recently told Gater 98.7FM that the band’s new album album is “ready to go” and that they’re waiting until Dickinson is “up and running” before the album is released. McBrain added that Dickinson’s treatment is going well and the album should be released “hopefully in the next couple of months…you never know when this might happen”.