We are delighted to announce the merger of our two London choirs into one centrally-based CWNN London 'superchoir'. Our new choir will be run in partnership with Look Ahead, a care, support and housing service, who will be running the admin side of the choir as well as offering more direct support to our members. The new choir will rehearse every Thursday evening at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on Shaftesbury Avenue, smack bang in the centre of the city.
The partnership sees Look Ahead employing part-time Choir Manager, Ryan Burke, who brings years of experience running homeless accommodation services. As well as day to day management of the choir rehearsals, performances and volunteers, more importantly he’ll provide choir members with direct personal support, signposting and access to Look Ahead’s and other homelessness support services.
Our South London musical mastermind, Sam Chaplin, will be taking on the directorial duties of the new choir, while we sadly say goodbye to the very wonderful Liz Swain, who has decided to step down after four fantastic years. Happily Liz will be joining our board of trustees, so she will remain in the CWNN family and will be a huge asset to the charity and all our choirs.
Guy Robinson, Director of Housing and Support at Look Ahead said:
“Look Ahead has over 40 years experience of homelessness services working across London and the South East. The partnership with the Choir with No Name is a perfect fit for us and we are looking forward to reaching out to more people who would benefit from the joys of singing in London through our new partnership.”
Marie Benton, founder and Chief Executive of The Choir with No Name said:
“We have counted Look Ahead as a close ally in London over the years and we are delighted to now launch our London superchoir with them. The weekly service we provide for choir members will remain just as brilliant, but our members will now have easier access to a wider range of essential services.”
Anyone who is homeless or vulnerable is welcome to come along to rehearsal:
Every Thursday at 6.30 pm with a free hot meal served afterwards.
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EP.
For more info on CWNN London rehearsals, click HERE