Max wrote an excellent blog for Adelphoi Music, where he works, about his experience volunteering as the NL pianist. We asked if we could share some of the blog here, you can also see the whole piece on the Adelphoi Music website...
''Rehearsals are packed out every week with loyal folk who set the bar high and become stronger for being together. I think it’s safe to say that CWNN provides many with a reason for being and a community in which its personalities can express themselves freely. In my opinion music’s magic lies in its power to bring people from all walks of life together. And whilst not everyone can play an instrument, we all have the ability to open our mouths and sing. Last year I volunteered my questionable skills as a pianist to the Choir With No Name; its community has become a core part of my life ever since.
Unfortunately our society can be too quick to talk about The Homeless as a single entity. One of CWNN’s greatest successes is its effortless ability to unearth extraordinary characters. From bus drivers to actors, musicians, poets and businessmen & women; you’d struggle to be anything less than amazed by the talents that are on show. This is a stage that puts the spotlight on those who may have missed the opportunity to ever have stood in it before.
Over the past year we’ve performed at some memorable events; Westminster, the ExCel exhibition centre, Union Chapel, the Southbank centre, St James’s Piccadilly...the list goes on and there is seemingly no stage too large. There’s not much that tops the feeling of a Monday night, our gigs or even just a chat around the dinner table. Because that’s what music is all about.''