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Bristol Recovery Orchestra seeking a volunteer percussionist

Bristol Recovery Orchestra (BRO) is seeking a volunteer percussionist who can help support their weekly Monday rehearsals.

Bristol Recovery Orchestra (BRO) is seeking a volunteer percussionist who can help support their talented section in weekly rehearsals. BRO percussionists were complete beginners a year ago, and are now improving at such a rate that they need more support to help them fly!

BRO was formed in January 2019, and, despite the pandemic, is flourishing under the musical leadership of Jonathan James and the support of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) Creative Communities uses music, creativity and the arts to support people who use, or have used, drugs and alcohol.  BDP Creative Communities also run Rising Voices Recovery Choir which has been meeting since 2014.

For an inspiring look at what BRO do – watch their recent hugely successful documentary -Filling The Void, by Irene Carter

Why volunteer?

  • Bristol Recovery Orchestra is such a joyful thing for a musician from any background to be part of. Every musician out there will know someone who’s struggled with drugs and alcohol – there is a need for safe spaces to play, learn and perform and that is what BRO provide.
  • You will get experience in community music, working with vulnerable adults, arts management.
  • You will have the opportunity to work alongside Jon James, BDP, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Training on harm reduction and working with people who use drugs is provided. Personal experience or previous knowledge of drugs and alcohol is welcome but not essential.

For more information visit –

Mondays 12.45 – 3.15pm, St Pauls, Bristol 

9 months minimum commitment

BRO also have spaces for other volunteer instrumentalists – particularly in need of string and wind players, though anything is welcome!

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