New Note Orchestra

New Note Orchestra helps people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It is the first ‘recovery’ orchestra in the world.

Our Mission

New Note Orchestra has three aims:

1. To create new and original music of great quality
2. To help people sustain and maintain their recovery from drink and drug addiction
3. To reduce stigma around alcoholism and addiction

We help our musicians compose new music, learn skills along the way and be inspired. Through our public performances we tackle the stigmas surrounding alcoholism and addiction. Improvisation is at the heart of everything we do and enables us to be inclusive. Anyone can join. We welcome complete beginners who can’t read music through to professional musicians.

NNO creates a community where the players actively support each other. It helps to open up pathways to mainstream opportunities in education, training, work experience and employment. Rehearsals are run by an experienced conductor and facilitator. They are inclusive, collaborative, fun and non-judgemental. They are designed for a mixed ability group as some of our members play by ear and can’t read music. We improvise and jam together and this helps us create some incredible music. You are welcome to come and watch a session without any obligation to join in. And dogs are more than welcome.

Where

St Lukes Church

64 Old Shoreham Road, Brighton, BN1 5DD

When

Every Tuesday evening 7pm – 9pm

(doors open at 6.30pm)

New Note Strummers

New Note Strummers is a guitar group, open to anyone who is in recovery from addiction.

We cover well known songs and also encourage you to compose your own music. The group is very supportive and open to all abilities. We encourage complete beginners through to people who want to develop their solo skills. The group is run by an experienced guitar teacher and facilitator. They are inclusive, collaborative, fun and non-judgemental.

Where

St Lukes Church

64 Old Shoreham Road, Brighton, BN1 5DD

When

Every Friday morning 11.30am – 1pm

(doors open at 11am)