Addict's Symphony

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The first in an eight-week series

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TV & Radio Information
Channel 4
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 23:00

Composer and musician James McConnel brings together 10 classical musicians whose lives have been blighted by addiction, for a one off performance with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Although James beat his own addiction as a young man, his son tragically died of a heroine overdose aged just 18.    He had been identified as a gifted child and was a member of Mensa. 'Before he died, Freddy said: "Dad will you look into the idea of music being an aid to recovery?" If he hadn’t taken a dodgy dose of heroin, he might have got to that point. Music can give you the same feeling that drugs can, only better. I cannot see why it couldn’t work for other people,' says McConnel.

The program follows the 10 musicians over 8 weeks as they try to address their musical demons and conquer the fear of performing that for many has been the cause of their addiction.