CHOIR WITH NO NAME

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In their own words:

“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.

We aim to…

  1. have a brilliant time at rehearsals
  2. give performances that leave the audience gagging for more!
  3. support each other in our musical (and other!) dreams and ambitions

We also deliver singing workshops in each of the cities where we work, motivated by a desire to share the joy of singing with as many disadvantaged people as possible (and hopefully recruit a few more choir members along the way!).”

The CWNN have between 25-30 singers each week and those numbers are gradually rising. At one meeting per month the choir celebrates all that month’s birthdays together at the communal meal they share after singing. That’s where Borough Belles come in! We usually have four fantastic bakers who volunteer to make a cake each for the choir.

 

Here are some photos of the Belles – THE CAKE FAIRIES – with the Choir.

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Quotes and comments from the choir about the Borough Belle Bakers:
“Cake Week is my favourite week of the month!”
“I can’t remember the last time someone made me a birthday cake and sung me happy birthday – means a lot to me”
 
“We love your cakes!”
 
“For many of our members, they lack the positive and nurturing social networks that most of us take for granted. For many of them, birthdays are a time for sadness rather than happiness as they don’t have friends or family to celebrate with or someone to share a birthday cake with.
It means so much for us a community to be able to make the small gesture of celebrating members birthdays together once a month and the cakes we received from the amazing WI bakers are an integral part of this. You can’t properly celebrate without cake!” – Emma Broomfield, London Choir Manager
Here is a lovely post written about it on “All Together Now”