The Choir with No Name received £5,000 to fund their work with homeless and other socially isolated people
The Choir with No Name is a small charity, with a mission to provide a space for homeless and other marginalised people to find their place in society. Through the joy of singing, they aim to bring people together to grow in confidence and learn new skills.
The charity operates four choirs in London, Birmingham and Liverpool which meet weekly for rehearsals, followed by a hot meal.
An ethos of family and community is at the heart of the charity’s work. Everyone is welcome at the Choir with No Name, regardless of their background or musical ability. Many members are missing the support of family and friends, but staff, volunteers and members strive to support one another in their endeavours and aspirations.
The choirs perform regularly and have entertained at a number of prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Everyman Theatre, Birmingham MAC and the Royal Opera House. Last year alone, the choirs collectively performed for over 10,000 people. The charity also delivers singing workshops in hostels and day centres and last year, successfully recruited 155 new members.
In 1993 a car accident left David with a severe brain injury, and singing in the choir became an integral part of his recovery. Like a number of the members he’s not currently homeless, but has experienced it to a degree in his life, and Choir with No Name has provided him with help and support to find accommodation. ‘There was a whole lot of things I did to help me to be okay in mind and body again after the accident. When everything else ended or didn’t go well the choir was my constant.’
Having joined in 2010, David is one of the longest-standing members. His role as ambassador sees him promoting the choir and helping to organise events.
Choir has done so much for me, and for everyone here. Whether it’s the social interaction you enjoy or just popping in for a decent meal, you’ll instantly feel really comfortable. I’ve never felt so supported.
You can read more about David and other Choir members in the Winter 2016 edition of Freemasonry Today