The choir is the brainchild of Sergio Lopez Figueroa, a composer and social entrepreneur who has been doing inventive things with music and the community, including a project called Humming in Harmony.
Saturday sees Sergio host a workshop at the Festival of Love on the South Bank, where he will present this new project with an initial meeting afterwards. His campaign “Public Renting” wants to make visible and audible a public health epidemic in London, connecting the lack of living standards in the private rented sector with mental health.
To do that the choir will be singing well-known songs but the lyrics will be replaced with real life stories collected by social media. (Personally I’d like to see them tackle Tina Turner’s Private Dancer.) Sergio is looking for renters passionate about singing and with a story to tell. Auditions are in September.
If you can’t make it on Saturday, more details are available here.
*To be fair, Teesside folk duo Megson is already flying the flag for generation rent, with a song called Generation Rent. If there are others, let us know in the comments.