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Creativity and Recovery Go Hand-in-Hand for the New Note Orchestra

Members of a unique orchestra for people in recovery from addiction are preparing for their next performance as part of Recovery Month, this September.

Brighton’s New Note Orchestra is a unique performance-led music group, created primarily for people who are in recovery from alcohol or substance misuse. It was founded in July 2015 by Molly Mathieson, following the success her TV program Addicts’ Symphony (Channel 4, 2014) and is supported by the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts programme.

The night of the Addicts’ Symphony concert changed my life and I was determined to create the UK’s first recovery orchestra

Molly Mathieson, Founder of New Note Orchestra

Not seen it yet – you can still watch the programme here.

The orchestra’s fourth public outing will be part of ‘Musicircus’ at St Mary de Haura Church, Shoreham-by-Sea on Saturday 17 September, between 12.00 and 3.00pm.

Molly Mathieson, Founder and Chief Executive, New Note Orchestra, said: “Creativity is vitally important for everyone. Some people believe they aren’t creative, but I feel everyone is – they just need a bit of help to nurture it. Music, painting, photography, writing and dancing all have real power to help people explore things about themselves and increase opportunities for them to make improvements in their lives. Being able to create something is truly empowering, this is at the heart of New Note Orchestra.”

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