People don’t realise that anybody can find themselves homeless for all sorts of reasons. I was lost and didn’t know how to find any direction. Quite simply, Choir with No Name has given me something to live for. – Bill, Birmingham Choir with No Name Member
Following a barnstorming performance at the Royal Festival Hall last Christmas, The Choir with No Name, an organisation running choirs for people who’ve experienced homelessness, will be bringing sackfuls of festive cheer to Birmingham for their Big Christmas Singalong at The Bramall on Dec 17th.
The Choir with No Name London’s Big Christmas Singalong is fast becoming a stalwart of the capital’s festive calendar, with audience members coming back year after year to join in with a whole host of festive favourites, from Fairytale of New York to I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day.
This year The Choir with No Name are bringing Christmas cheer to the heart of England, with their Birmingham and Liverpool choirs coming together to deliver what is set to be an evening of festive fun for all the family. There will be support from Birmingham six-piece, The Bonfire Radicals, who will be bringing their inimitable folk touch to proceedings.
CEO Heather Knight said:
Our Christmas gigs are by far the highlight of our year, with members and audiences alike singing their hearts out and feeling part of something very special. We are really excited to be bringing our unique and uplifting live experience to Birmingham for the first time, and hope that we’ll fill The Bramall to the rafters with festive joy, all to support our members who’ve been affected by homelessness.
The Choir with No Name provides welcoming choir communities for those who have been affected by homelessness or are marginalised due to other factors such as mental health problems or drug and alcohol addiction. Members get a hot, nutritious meal after each weekly rehearsal and have the opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and get themselves back on their feet. The choirs provide a platform for members to sing their hearts out on a regular basis – a hugely important way of building confidence and general wellbeing, and crucial to enabling members to find – or refind – their place in the world.
The Choir with No Name run four choirs – one in Birmingham who rehearse weekly at Carrs Lane Church Centre, another in Liverpool and two in London – reaching over 750 vulnerable adults in the last year alone.
All profits from ticket sales will go directly back into funding the choirs, helping the charity reach out to more people affected by homelessness across the country every year.
Be part of something extraordinary, and come and join in with the Big Christmas Singalong, Dec 17th at The Bramall.
Tickets £12.50 / £10 concessions
Buy tickets here: http://thebramall.co.uk/events/the-choir-with-no-name/
Watch a video from CWNN Big Christmas Singalong 2015 here:
About The Choir with No Name:
The Choir with No Name (CWNN) runs choirs for people who have experienced homelessness and other men and women on the margins of society. Our aim is to enable our members to make friends, build their confidence and skills and find or re-find their place in the world. Whether they have been homeless, have a mental health problem or are otherwise struggling, we give them a safe, positive and supportive environment in which to sing away their worries, have fun and flourish as individuals.
Our first choir – in King’s Cross, London – was founded in 2008 by Marie Benton, a professional musician and at the time also a senior project worker at homeless accommodation provider St Mungo’s. That first choir became a huge success, and since then we have established three more choirs, one in Birmingham, one in Liverpool and another in London.