New Note Orchestra
New Note Orchestra helps people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It is the first ‘recovery’ orchestra in the world.
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.
St Lukes Church
64 Old Shoreham Road, Brighton, BN1 5DD
Every Tuesday evening 7pm – 9pm
(doors open at 6.30pm)
The orchestra offers me structure at an uncertain time in my life. I like being with people who have similar experiences to me. It's fun and has given me a sense of belonging and its good to work with other people with other talents.
I look forward to the rehearsals every week and it's great to have something that is creative but recovery based. This has been a huge confidence booster for me.
I've settled in well considering I'm not musically trained and can't read music. I've made some good friends and I'm really enjoying my time here.
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.