Look Ahead and The Choir with No Name announced a new partnership to launch a central London choir for homeless and marginalised people in the capital.
The Choir with No Name has been running choirs for people who’ve experienced homelessness in London for the past ten years. They have recently merged their two existing London choirs into a single ‘superchoir’ and moved to a new home at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on Shaftesbury Avenue. They rehearse weekly followed by a hot meal together, and perform at a wide variety of venues across the city throughout the year.
The partnership sees Look Ahead employing part-time Choir Manager, Ryan Burke, who brings years of experience running homeless accommodation services. As well as day to day management of the choir rehearsals, performances and volunteers, more importantly he’ll provide choir members with direct personal support, signposting and access to Look Ahead’s and other homelessness support services.
The Choir with No Name will continue to do what they do best – the music. Talented choir director Sam Chaplin will lead the choir at rehearsals, gigs and outreach singing workshops, ensuring they reach their full musical potential. The choir currently has over 80 members, who are offered the opportunity to make friends, grow in confidence and sing away their worries in a safe and non-judgmental environment, empowering them to flourish as individuals and get back on their feet.