Channel 4 Documentary ‘Addicts Orchestra’ Seeks Members

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by in Music Industry News

Big Mountain Productions are working with Channel 4 on an ambitious television project which will explore the challenge of addiction through musical creativity.

The project will be included in a Channel 4 documentary and is supported by Action on Addiction. The company are keen to hear from people in recent recovery with musical talents who may wish to join an orchestra, with rehearsals to start in mid-September.

The project is spearheaded by musician and composer James McConnel, himself a recovering alcoholic, whose own son, a promising musician, recently died of a heroin overdose.

Addicts Orchestra aims to reach out to individuals whose lives have been affected by addiction and who could benefit from taking part in the project. The team are looking for musicians who have struggled with addiction to come together at a special performance alongside musicians from a prestigious orchestra.

Musicians should have a real love of classical music so that taking part will be enriching and meaningful for them as they embark on a period of musical training, workshops and rehearsals before performing.

Participants will have the opportunity to receive high-level musical guidance and will be encouraged to explore their own musical ideas. Crucially, they must already have taken their first steps on the road to recovery, as well as being able to play a classical instrument and read music to a good level. Members will also be supported during the process by Action on Addiction.

If you think you might be interested in taking part, or know someone who would be, then contact Big Mountain Productions on 020 7766 5247 or email

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3 Responses to “Channel 4 Documentary ‘Addicts Orchestra’ Seeks Members”

  1. Evo.C.ConttroZe Says:

    I’m a rapper and producer, I love classical music such as Vivaldi, and motzat, I would like to participate in this event and like to give and share my ideas, I have also lived in New York and Los Angeles so share a wide idea of what people like,
    Thank you

  2. matthew Says:

    All i can say is This documentary could be the thing that caps off all my hard work I have put In to kicking drug addiction and PTSD caused by my military career . My music saved my life

    Many thanks

  3. Falcoman Says:

    My name is Falcoman and I’m from London. As a recovering alcoholic I created THE HIP HOPE MUSIC PROJECT which lyrics give hope to another alcoholics, addicts, homeless, etc. It’s not classical but it’s groovy songs with an up-living factor. If you are interested in listeneing THE HIP HOPE MUSIC check it out at: or/e , thanks and keep yourself clean & sober.

    Yours Hopefully,

    Falcoman Drummer/Percussionist/Songwriter & Rapper

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