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The Choir with No Name will be using their Community Music grant to record a joint EP which will be mixed from two recordings of three choirs based in two different cities. No easy feat. So who are this nameless choir?

1. Who are The Choir With No Name?

The Choir with No Name is a charity that runs choirs for people who have experienced homelessness. We have three choirs so far: two in London, and one in Birmingham. Our choir members rehearse once a week, always sharing a hot healthy meal together afterwards – and we perform in public regularly too. Too many homeless people are isolated and lonely, this often being the reason they have 'fallen through the gaps' and become homeless in the first place, and we tackle this through choral singing.

2. How will the BBC Performing Art Fund Community Music grant help the group?

The grant is going to help us to record an EP in professional recording studios and release it for public sale. This will be a fantastic, confidence-building experience for our members – and it will also help showcase the positivity and talents of our choir members to the general public, helping shatter stereotypes about homeless people everywhere. We're very excited about it!

3. Tell us about the best day The Choir With No Name has had to date?

We've had a lot of good days, but probably our best one was our Christmas gig, last December at London's Union Chapel. It was wonderful to bring together our North London and Birmingham choirs again in front of a large audience – and we witnessed the first performance ever of our fledgling South London choir. They only had 8 (nervous) members at the time, and got the biggest cheer of the night for their only song, 'White Christmas'. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.

4. What was the best reaction from the group when they found out about winning the PAF grant?

'Can we record it at Abbey Road?!'

5. Give us 3 words that describe a performance by The Choir With No Name

Uplifting, unique, and funny!

To find out more about the Choir with No Name and what they will be up to, you can visit their website, Facebook and Twitter page.

Meet the Winners is a feature introducing you to some of the groups and individuals who have recently received a grant from the BBC Performing Arts Fund. We get to hear about so many fantastic projects and people who are keeping the performing arts alive in the UK, that we thought you should know about them too.

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