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Bristol Drugs Project Launches Recovery Orchestra

Musicians recovering from problematic drug or alcohol use have come together to form an orchestra.

Recovery Orchestra Callout(via the BBC)

Sophie Wilsdon, from Bristol Drugs Project, said she was inspired after seeing a similar project in Brighton. 

She said: "No-one was doing it here and it's such a brilliant idea and it fits with the success of our choir".

Ms Wilsdon said Bristol Drugs Project's (BDP) choir and drama group had been running for almost five years, and only an orchestra was "missing".

Rehearsals start in February, with a performance planned for the end of March. The eight-week pilot is funded by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 

Ms Wilsdon, a clarinettist who also plays in bands, said: "I know lots of musicians who've had struggles with drugs and alcohol and sometimes music and playing music at gigs is a trigger for that. 

"I know people who've pawned all their instruments but would love the opportunity to play in a safe environment."

Read the full article on the BBC Website


BPD are currently looking for people to join the orchestra!

"Beginners & experienced musicians are welcometo join us. You don’t need to read music & it doesn’t matter if you haven’t played in a while!"

The orchestra meets at the Unitarian in Brunswick Square, Bristol.

Please see the attached poster for details: Recovery Orchestra Callout



Posted on 13 February 2019

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