New Note Orchestra has found that improvised music-making helps participants develop interpersonal skills that support recovery by working against feelings of isolation and rejection that often accompany addiction and drug abuse. Over the past two years NNO has been supported by the Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP).
Of NNO, Conall said: “For its members the orchestra has proved critical to their recovery. Many have attempted to remain sober or drug-free but have experienced periods of repeated relapse.
“We have found that people who remain with the orchestra sustain their recovery or go for longer periods without relapse. A significant aspect of this form of recovery is that it enables people to self-identify as creatives and musicians rather than as addicts or alcoholics.”
The British Composer Awards promote the art of composition, recognising the creative talent of composers and sound artists and bringing their music to a wider audience. The event is sponsored by Performing Rights for Music and will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
New Note Orchestra are currently developing a new audio-visual work entitled A Sense of Place. The film reflects on the places that have been important to the members of NNO in their journeys to recovery.
The premiere of A Sense of Place takes place at Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne on 24 November as part of CINECITY festival. The orchestra will perform a live soundtrack. They will also be in concert at St Luke’s Church in Brighton on 2 December.
For more information about the NNO’s upcoming events and their work in general, visit: www.newnote.co.uk.