Addiction in the Orchestra: Classical Music's Drink and Drugs Problem

11:40 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Addiction in the Orchestra: Classical Music's Drink and Drugs Problem

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At 15 she was playing the Royal Albert Hall. At 21 she was breakfasting on vodka. As a new documentary explores addiction in classical music, cellist Rachael Lander tells her story
I was 23 when it dawned on me that I might be an alcoholic. It was a cold February morning and I was in a public lavatory in south London, decanting supermarket-brand vodka into an empty water bottle, so I could carry it undetected in my handbag.