The evening hosted by Miles Jupp and featuring a stellar line-up from Josh Widdicombe, Seann Walsh, Sarah Kendall, Justin Edwards, Jess Robinson and poet John Hegley. The evening wasn’t like any other comedy fundraising event I have been too.
In the interval I was delighted to have been treated to a few songs from the two London Choirs, singing together and really showing the incredible impact of the work the charity does.
So who are The Choir with No Name?
Put simply the Choir with No Name runs choirs for homeless people and other men and women from the very edges of society. They were founded on the premise that singing makes you feel good and they were spot on.
We heard from an old choir member, who joined the Choir in 2008 and eight years on is doing amazing. The Choir helped him turn his life around. He now has a life filled with music and love.
It was amazing going to a charity comedy night, which not only entertained me in a way that only good comedy can (trust me you need to see Jess Robinson, her Julie Andrews singing ‘All about that bass’ impression is fantastic), the evening also made me realise how important and impactful a simple message can be.
It’s simple. They change people’s lives by creating a safe space where for a couple of hours a week they can forget all of their worries and sing their hearts out. And if a snapshot of the testimonies below is anything to go by, it really does work.
I was also particularly impressed by their corporate sponsors Links Resourcing and MillMoll Ltd, whose support enabled the Choir with No Name to actually put on the event but also ensure they get 100% off the proceeds from tickets and bucket collections.
Event small charities can bring in corporate partners that can make a huge difference.
Take a look at their website, and if you’re feeling generous, donate. They need your support.
22 May - Community Spirit 2016, Birmingham Symphony Hall. Tickets here.29 June - CWNN London Big Summer Gig, St James' Piccadilly, London. 15 July - CWNN Birmingham Big Summer Gig, MAC, Birmingham.