Many musicians and music lovers will know someone who has struggled with alcohol or drugs during their life.

The Recovery Orchestra provides a space for people to learn about music and to perform in a safe and supportive environment with people who have similar shared experiences.

A number of members have spoken about the transformative nature of their experience playing with the recovery orchestra. They have picked up instruments they haven’t played for years, played with other musicians for the very first time and discovered a relationship with music.


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

Bristol Recovery Orchestra is generously supported by The Nisbet Trust.