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Participants celebrated the launch with a singing trip up the British Airways i360, with attendees belting out Primal Scream’s “Moving on Up” as they ascended towards the clouds.
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 BHT and 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 offers 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.
Choir members will be recruited in June 2018: watch this space for details.
This is such an exciting opportunity for marginalised people, for Brighton and Hove, and for BHT. 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.
Andy Winter, BHT Chief Executive