When she first set up the first London choir back in 2008, our founder Marie Benton dreamed of the members and volunteers supporting each other through tough times and coming together to bond over the joys of rehearsal and performance.
Eight years later, that is happening week in, week out. Just ten minutes of a Choir with No Name rehearsal is proof enough of how singing really does improve our members’ confidence and skills.
Now we want to harness all the good stuff that goes into our choirs in London, Liverpool and Birmingham, and get it going across the UK! At the Choir with No Name, we have an ultimate vision of a choir in every city that has a problem with homelessness. So this is only the beginning…
Here are just some of the exciting things that we are looking forward to in the next couple of years:
- Right now we're taking some time to think strategically about what the Choir with No Name does next. 2016 saw us developing a more diverse and robust fundraising strategy which we will continue to work hard on throughout 2017 and beyond, to guarantee our choirs can continue in fine voice for many years to come!
- Over the next year we want to make more friends in high places, diverse places and new places, to help spread the word about the work we do and the importance of singing on the wellbeing of those affected by homelessness.
- We will continue to put on very special gigs, especially a big gig at Christmas and another in the summer.
- One of the most exciting projects we have going on at the moment is ‘Moving On Up’, in which members of our (first & oldest) choir in North London get the chance to have more one-on-one time with a member of staff to work towards their aspirations, both musically and in other areas of their lives. It's been a real success, so we hope to roll it out to our other choirs in future years.
Most importantly (and this is a big one) we won't stop having a good old laugh, in rehearsals and at performances. We are an ambitious bunch, and we have high hopes for the future.