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Addiction beat me up and left me isolated and alone. From the inside of addiction looking out it feels like I had no choice, no chance and no control.

New Note stopped me isolating by giving me the motivation to get out the house. And in turn it’s increased my health by reducing my social anxiety, depression, loneliness, the feeling of being a failure and feeling unwanted on the unspoken edge societal and family life. 

At moments when I was at my lowest and most in need of help, I had to somehow find my desire, nurture my confidence and reconnect with life. New Note Orchestra does all that and so much more…. Dan: Guitarist/cellist. 

Read more of Dan’s Story here
New Note projects is an award winning charity based in Brighton. We use music to help people who have faced addiction issues. Our musicians have faced many barriers including homelessness, isolation and mental health issues.  Our musicians use music to reconnect to themselves, their families and the wider community.
 Some of our recent achievements

Addicts’ Symphony  – (A four minute synopsis) 
New Note Orchestra was inspired by the TV documentary Addicts’ Symphony which was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2014. 10 participants who were in recovery from drugs and alcohol worked together for two months to put on a concert with the London Symphony Orchestra. It was a phenomenal achievement. If you would like to watch the full documentary CLICK HERE. 

People have said some lovely things about New Note Orchestra. Here are a few of our favourites:

  • Testimonial
    Caroline Lucas. MP for Brighton Pavilion

    I dropped into a New Note Orchestra rehearsal. They practice at St Luke’s Church in my constituency, so I took the opportunity whilst Parliament is in recess to pay a visit. I’ve heard such wonderful things about New Note, I wanted to see for myself what they’re currently working on, and to speak to those involved. The orchestra was set up by Molly Mathieson in 2015. It’s made up of professional and amateur musicians, along with complete beginners, recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. There’s a real energy about the group, and it was impressive to hear how far they’ve come in just a short space of time. They’ve already composed a number of works and held local performances - with many more concerts planned. Everyone behind the orchestra, including the musicians themselves, has been drawn to it for their own personal reasons and experience. What is evident and unites them all, is their passion for the project. Music can be an incredibly powerful way to bring people together; and it feels as if something really quite special has been created at the New Note Orchestra. I look forward to hearing more about future concerts and successes – of which I’m sure there will be many."

  • Testimonial
    Kirby Gregory. Care Director, Action on Addiction.

    Action on Addiction is pleased to support New Note Orchestra. Our previous involvement with the Addicts’ Symphony TV programme reinforces the idea that this is a really creative way to support and encourage people in their recovery from addiction. The parallel with the peer-support and mutual aid movement is clear; being part of a recovery group or community creates something that is greater than the individuals involved. In music, it creates something moving and powerful. In recovery, it creates something that is more powerful than addiction."

  • Testimonial
    Peter Kyle. MP for Hove and Portslade

    "I love the idea of New Note Orchestra. Orchestras are famously disciplined, supportive, and creative and these are all things that people recovering from addition need the most. They are also forums where people explore their talent and potential and I believe everyone has both even though it takes help for some people to realise it themselves. I really wish this fantastic initiative the very best in their important work."

  • Testimonial
    Simon Kirby. MP for MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven

    “I am delighted to hear that New Note Orchestra, the first recovery orchestra in the world for people with alcohol and addiction issues, is being launched in Brighton. I am sure that the project will be a huge success.”    

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