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Britain’s musicians: alcoholics, or merely proud?

By Helen Right  
orchestral maneuvres in the drink

Orchestral manouevres in the drink

As a professional harpist, I was going to gasp a hungover croaking amen to the Guardian‘s report last Saturday on excessive drinking in orchestras. But, coincidentally, last night I was out with a teetotal fellow harpist. And I feel magnificent.

The Association of British Orchestras is right to draw attention to musical alcoholism though. Why does it happen? Sometimes it’s related to stress. A Trip To Asia, a recent film following the Berlin Philharmonic on the road, features a musician talking bravely…

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