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We caught up with choir manager Bethan Rand to find out about The Choir with No Name’s first rehearsal - as advertised in our last issue.
The Choir with No Name was set up in London in 2008 and brings together people who have experienced homelessness and who feel excluded from more mainstream choirs. It has gone from strength to strength, and founder Marie Benton is keen to build on the London Choirs success and reach out and develop choirs in cities that experience homelessness.
The Birmingham Choir meets every Thursday 6pm at Carrs Lane Church Centre.
The main aims of the choir are to have fun and act as a release from day to day situations, providing a safe place for the members and volunteers to support each other through tough times and coming together to bond over the joys of rehearsal and good performances. The first rehearsal on 6 October was a huge success with 20 people turning up and the singing was pretty fantastic too!
Tony, one of the new members, said he came along because of his love for a wide range of musical genres. He said the practices are a wonderful opportunity to get people together to bond and can be a huge confidence boost alone, but he is really looking forward to getting the chance to perform later in the year.
Since the first rehearsal, numbers have stayed strong with a good core group of dedicated members - but new faces are always welcomed. The choir is starting to focus on Christmas, having great fun with some festive songs in preparation for some gigs around December time.
Marie Benton, founder of the Choir With No Name, commented: “I’m delighted that the Birmingham choir has got off to such a flying start, and am really looking forward to discovering who our regular members will be and on helping them reach their potential as singers. The singers in London can’t wait to welcome the Brum contingent for our Christmas gig in London and we can see lots more opportunities to collaborate through 2012”.
• For more information about the choir contact: email@example.com, call 07794 100938 or go to the website: www.choirwithnoname.org