Addiction is blighting the lives of many classical musicians as they grapple with performance anxiety and antisocial hours, a cellist has said.
The cellist, who was addicted to alcohol and prescription pills, said the problem was rife in the classical music world.
Lander, who began drinking to self-medicate her concert hall panics, told Radio Times: "Addiction problems are widespread among classical musicians.
"There is the lifestyle, the odd hours, working weekends, post-concert socialising. Many players use alcohol and beta-blockers to control performance anxiety and then, after the 'high' of a performance, can struggle to 'come down' and therefore drink to relax - which becomes habitual."
Lander left her profession to become a waitress as she battled with her addictions.
"I remember being in the
"When I drank, these attacks stopped. I also took Valium and beta-blockers. So you could block the adrenal gland and still hang on to your mental capacity."
The documentary, Addicts' Symphony, shows the musicians performing with the
Addicts' Symphony is on
on 27 August
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