This is certainly what it “says on the tin”. A young Irish conductor David Brophy had the idea of forming a choir composed of people who were were sleeping rough or had been homeless at some time in their lives. He started in Dublin going up to the homeless people asking them if they would be interested in joining a choir. He had no idea if they would turn up or if they did what state they would be in. But turn up, they did and a choir was born.
Due to Brophy’s unbounded enthusiasm, assistance from others who work with the homeless and a non critical attitude the guys kept coming for practise. He extended the idea to Waterford and a second branch of the choir was formed.
In three programmes on Irish television we followed the progress of the sixty people of the choir. This was real reality television. There were no guarantees of happy endings. It was an emotional roller coaster where lives were being turned around by the simple fact of being respected and given a chance.
In just eight weeks The High Hopes Choir put on their first performance and made a recording. It can be purchased on iTunes (costs 1.24€) or Amazon (costs 99c) and the proceeds go to help the homeless.
You can hear the choir singing on Irelands Late Late TV show here.
They went on to sing in Christ Church Cathedral, in Dublin, to critical acclaim. There are some great voices in the choir but it is their stories that moved us the most.