The Choir with No Name runs choirs for homeless people and other men and women from the very edges of our society. We’re a diverse bunch of people; male and female, black and white, big and small, young and er, not quite as young, up and down... We sing pop, rock, soul, gospel, reggae, musicals... you name it, we’ll give it a go... although we’ve yet to try any thrash metal or grime. We have four choirs: two in London, one in Birmingham and one in Liverpool. Each choir gets together to rehearse every week (with a decent dinner at the end of rehearsal!) and we perform regularly. We were founded on the premise that singing makes you feel good; it distracts you from all the nonsense in life and helps you to build up your confidence and abilities.
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The Birmingham Choir with No Name was our second choir, founded in October 2011. We rehearse every Thursday evening at 6:30pm in Carrs Lane Church Centre, in the city centre. Our choir director is the brilliant Pete Churchill. We have a great time at rehearsals and a lot of fun enjoying dinner together afterwards too.
The Choir with No Name North London is the original choir - founded in 2008. We rehearse every Monday night at 7pm in a lovely old theatre near King's Cross Station, The only Connect Theatre, 32 Cubitt Street - and we always sit down to a hot meal together afterwards, cooked by our volunteers.
The Choir with No Name South London was founded in the autumn of 2012. We meet every Tuesday night at 7pm in a community centre near the Old Kent Road in South London, called Pembroke House. Our sessions are led by choir director Sam Chaplin, and we always have coffee and biscuits beforehand and a cooked dinner after rehearsal. Sam's cheesy warm-up games are the stuff of legend...! It's a bit tricky to find the first time you come to Pembroke House... From Elephant and Castle, either jump on a bus to the Old Kent Road / East Street stop, or walk down New Kent Road, over the Bricklayer's Arms roundabout, down the Old Kent Road, right onto East Street, 2nd right into Beckway Street, first left into Tatum Street!
The Choir with No Name Liverpool was founded in January 2014. We rehearse every Wednesday evening at 7pm in the Bluecoat, on School Lane, in the city centre. Our choir rehearsals are led by our wonderful choir director, Meike Holzmann. We have a hot dinner after every rehearsal (cooked by our lovely volunteers) and we particularly look forward to having birthday cake once each month!