New Note Projects

New Note Projects

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  • Arts
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Mental health
  • Substance misuse

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We engage and support people affected by addiction, homelessness and challenging mental health through music, storytelling and dance.


Multi award-winning New Note Orchestra is the first orchestra in the world designed to support people affected by addiction. Based in Brighton, the orchestra was launched in 2015 to provide a safe space where people could recover from addiction. New Note Orchestra combines a unique blend of acoustic, electric, folk and classical instrumentation to create music that is atmospheric, beautiful and exciting.  Members compose their own music and they have recently received The Kings Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS), an MBE for volunteers.  This is the highest Award given to local voluntary groups in the UK and is awarded for life.

Other projects include New Note Strummers, a weekly guitar group learning popular songs, New Note Dance which supports people using the Tamalpa Life/Art Process®, and now New Note Key Changers, an innovative training programme where our musicians can learn and develop the skills and experience needed to become Community Music Leaders.  This is the first time an organisation has trained and supported people with lived experience of addiction to become the next generation of community music leaders.

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