Charity fundraiser supports new Recovery Orchestra for musicians affected by alcohol and other drugs.

On Thursday 30th May, BDP presented a Benefit Bash charity fundraiser headlined by an eclectic mix of local musicians, helping to raise funds for the new Bristol Recovery Orchestra.

Headliners The Rin-Tins, DJ DAD and Paul Bradley, joined alongside BDP’s creative arts groups for people affected by alcohol and other drugs including Rising Voices recovery choir, Step Ladder drama group and the Bristol Recovery Orchestra who debuted two new pieces of music.

We celebrate our own imperfections. It’s part of something bigger than ourselves and that’s what makes it powerful and beautiful. There’s the development, there’s the sobriety and growth. That is so beautiful.

The fundraiser was located at the Kuumba Centre on Hepburn Road, a street which was once notoriously depicted in the BAFTA nominated BBC series Drugsland as the drug dealing hotspot "Crack Alley", so it was a fantastic opportunity to see this area of Bristol hosting a positive event celebrating recovery.

Most musicians and music-lovers will know someone who has struggled with alcohol or other drugs.

Launched in January 2019 with conductor Jonathan James, the Recovery Orchestra is part of a wider programme of free creative groups, hosted weekly by BDP for adults affected by alcohol and other drugs - including family members and professionals and volunteers working in services. Our groups provide safe and supportive environments, to have fun and perform alongside people with similar experiences. Groups are open to adults no matter their experience in arts and performance. Everyone is supported to take part at their own pace.

For more info contact Giuls or Sophie on 0117 987 6011 or [email protected]

If you would like to support the Recovery Orchestra, please feel free to make a donation and include a comment that you would like funds to go to the orchestra.

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