Bernard Carney and vendors of the Big Issue Magazine formed the Choir in 2007. Initially called the Big Issue choir, people who were homeless or unemployed made up the choir's membership. Before long, other disadvantaged people joined the Choir. A founding member who had experienced homelessness came up with the 'Spirit of the Streets' name to reflect the wide diversity of the group. The name emanates from the comparison he made between the supportive, family-like atmosphere he had found within the Choir and the brotherhood and kinship he had experienced while living on the street.
Spirits of the Streets Choir
The Spirit of the Streets Choir welcomes everybody, but has a strong focus on recruiting people who are disadvantaged and are outside the reach of the mainstream community. No previous singing experience is required, just a desire to sing, make friends, have fun and share the SOS message. We rehearse every Tuesday afternoon from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at:St Albans Church Hall, 435 Beaufort Street, Highgate.