Homeless people from Nottingham have been given a chance to gain their confidence back from the Streetwise Opera charity.

Streetwise have brought together a choir of vulnerable people who need support.

They will be performing alongside The Sixteen, a choir from London, and the BBC concert orchestra, in Nottingham, London and Manchester throughout the year.

The choir have already performed in Nottingham Playhouse and London’s National Theatre, and have many performances set out for the year of 2023.

  • Streetwise opera is an award winning performing arts charity that aims to inspire and empower those who are homeless or recovering from homelessness.
  • The charity was established in 2002 and continued through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • They run creative workshops in homeless centres and arts venues in five regions across England.

Caroline Middleton, 49, who is one of around 100 members who will perform, said streetwise charity has “really changed my life”.

Caroline explained how there was a time she would not go anywhere without her mother, and Streetwise is responsible for her overcoming her anxieties. She feels instantly “part of a family”.

Caroline says Nottingham is her favourite city and she is “so grateful for the opportunity for her mother to see her doing something positive after hard times, whilst putting Nottingham on the map”.

Audio: Caroline Middleton explains what Streetwise has done for her

Each member of the choir are entitled to one free ticket each, meaning they are able to bring friends and family along to see them perform.

Kevin Delaney

Kevin Delaney, 71, who has been by himself since his mother died and “struggles to cope alone” joined the charity five years ago.

Kevin cannot read or write, and has deteriorating health. He says he wants to enjoy himself while he “still has time” and said that the group “each help each other to be happier”.

All of the Nottingham choir have contributed to writing the songs about Nottingham city, including Ms Middleton and Mr Delaney.

Martin Constantine, Artistic Director of Streetwise Opera, said: “Our objective as a company is to challenge perceptions of homelessness and also challenge perceptions of opera as well.

“For these participants, being part of a team and working on productions that result in performances help to build confidence, resilience and help to rebuild their identities as they recover from their experience of homelessness.”

Dates for future performances of the homeless choir will be released on the Streetwise Opera charity website.