A concert at the Brighton Dome on Friday 15th December has managed to raise £4367 for local charities connected to homelessness. ‘The Choir with No Name’, an organisation set up for people who have experienced homelessness, put on the concert. The proceeds will be shared between Brighton Housing Trust, The Clock Tower Sanctuary and The Choir with No Name.
The Choir with No Name welcomes those marginalised from society due to homelessness or other factors such as drug or alcohol addiction. After each weekly rehearsal a hot, nutritious meal is provided to all members. The organisation provides an opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and help people get back on their feet. These choirs allow members to build confidence and improve their general well being through communal singing.
This year the annual Christmas Singalong included various Christmas favourites, including ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’. The Choir with No Name’s Liverpool, London and Birmingham branches united to put on the concert, and the launch of a new Brighton choir later this year was announced.
Founder of The Choir with No Name, Marie Benton, stated:
‘Not only did we have the most brilliant night, we are bowled over by the generosity of the audience and amazed at the amount raised! Thank you to everyone who came along and dug deep to support not only The Choir with No Name, but also Brighton Housing Trust and The Clock Tower Sanctuary.
‘For our members, standing on stage singing in front of an appreciative audience can be life changing. Receiving thunderous applause and standing ovations can restore a sense of self-worth and pride, so it’s a hugely valuable experience for our choirs, particularly at what can be a tough time of year.’
Find out more about the charity: www.choirwithnoname.org.