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Recovering from addictions, 10 classical musicians perform ‘Addicts’ Symphony’

Ten classical musicians recovering from addictions are to be the subject of a new Channel 4 documentary called ‘Addicts’ Symphony’ .

The documentary will centre on composer and musician James McConnell, a recovering alcoholic who also lost his 18-year-old son to a heroin addiction in 2011.

McConnell said in a press release: “‘Addicts’ Symphony’ is one of those rare programmes which is not only entertaining and informative, but which has done some real, long-term good.”

“For all the participants it was a fascinating experience, but for some it has been truly life-changing. For me, watching a group of people brave enough to address their addictions and fear – through music – was both humbling and inspirational.”
The other musicians in the documentary will all be followed in the documentary as they prepare for the climactic LSO concert. They include an award-winning cellist whose career was derailed by drink and drug habits.