The Choir with no Name Brighton have performed alongside musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the world premiere of a brand-new song written especially for Brighton, in celebration of the Women’s EURO football tournament.
The performance took place at an official Fan Party in Brighton’s Victoria Gardens.
The Choir with no Name Brighton is a choir for people who have experienced homelessness and marginalisation, run in partnership with BHT Sussex.
BHT Sussex Chair, Kelvin MacDonald, who attended the event, said:
“There is always such a buzz when the Choir with No Name Brighton is performing and this event was no exception – as the huge round of applause, cheering and whooping for their performance showed. The Women’s EURO 2022 Brighton anthem that they sang says ‘ Keep strong, through the tough times, after years of dedication we deserve a celebration. Live the dream, Win the dream’ – those words are so right for the Choir with No Name.”
This July, Brighton & Hove Community Stadium is one of ten stadiums in England hosting the Women’s European Football Championship tournament. In the lead up to the tournament, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) worked with residents in these ten areas to devise ‘anthems’ celebrating each local area, women’s football and the tournament itself.
During March and April 2022, an RPO team led by composer Sam Mason delivered eight workshops in Brighton & Hove, working with schools and community groups to create a new piece called ‘Dare to Dream’. One of the community groups involved was the Choir with No Name Brighton, whose members had already taken part in recording the national Women’s EURO 2022 song along with nine other choirs with the RPO at Cadogan Hall.
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