The launch took place on the British Airways i360, with sixty invited guests belting out Primal Scream’s ‘Moving on Up’ as they ascended.
Sixty people attended the launch including the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, accompanied by Mrs. Margaret Field, Deputy Lieutenant Juliet Smith JP, Brighton and Hove City Councillors, and clients and staff from Brighton Housing Trust and from the Choir with No Name.
The Choir with No Name has for the past ten years been running choirs for people who have experienced homelessness. They currently run choirs in London, Liverpool and Birmingham. All their choirs rehearse weekly followed by a hot meal together, performing regularly at a wide variety of venues throughout the year.
The Brighton choir will offer some of the most marginalised members of the community 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 move away from homelessness long term.
Marie Benton, the founder and Chief Executive of The Choir with No Name said at the launch: “We’re delighted to be coming to Brighton and also delighted to be working with Brighton Housing Trust. As well as the choir manager and choir director roles we’ll be looking for volunteers to help with the choir and also local businesses who want to help out and get involved!”
The partnership will see Brighton Housing Trust employ a part-time Choir Manager to run the day to day management of choir rehearsals, performances and volunteers. This role will also provide choir members with direct personal support, signposting and access to services provided by Brighton Housing Trust and other organisations.
The Choir with No Name will continue to do what they do best – the music. They will be looking to employ a talented freelance choir director who will lead the choir at rehearsals, gigs and outreach singing workshops, ensuring members reach their full musical potential.
This is such an exciting opportunity for marginalised people, for Brighton and Hove, and for Brighton Housing Trust. We are so pleased to be working with The Choir with No Name whose work I have admired for many years. Most importantly, this gives clients of BHT and other organisations the opportunity to get together, sing and provide each other with support.
Many thanks to the wonderful people at the British Airways i360 who donated the flight for this launch and for helping to make this event such a success.