A new Channel 4 documentary that brings together classical musicians whose careers have been derailed by drug and drink problems will be shown tomorrow (August 27th, 11pm).
Addicts Symphony “aims to highlight how addiction is blighting the lives of many classical musicians as they grapple with performance anxiety and antisocial hours”.
Perhaps contrary to popular perception, classical musicians often turn to alcohol and other drugs to help cope with performance anxiety, post-performance come down and the long, unsociable hours.
Contrast this with the common perception of hard drinking rock fans. A recent survey suggests that fans of bands such as Guns N Roses prefer Riesling to Jack Daniels, while pop fans go for Sauvignon Blanc.
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