Streetwise Opera

StreetSong – a homeless music project

This innovative arts project offers rough sleepers the opportunity to compose and perform music, sharing their voices, talent and ideas. Podcast content will be recorded on the streets with the support of composer Hannah Conway, renowned pop and opera artists, and homeless service outreach teams.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1092931)

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Championed by Local to London Fund


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge


  • OtherOther


United Kingdom


The Government’s 2020 Rough Sleeping Snapshot estimated 2,688 people were sleeping rough in England on a single night in Autumn 2020 – a 52% increase in just ten years, and set to rise due to the loss of jobs and homes during the pandemic. Living on the streets is dangerous, traumatising and lonely, and incredibly difficult to escape. Homeless services can be a lifeline, but many people lack the confidence, social skills and self-belief to engage with outreach workers and the support they offer.


Streetwise Opera will partner with homeless services to offer a unique and creative way to engage with people who are particularly hard to reach. StreetSong will help people who are sleeping rough develop new relationships with homeless support workers, as well as supporting people’s mental health and giving them opportunities to develop the confidence to move out of the cycle of homelessness.

  • I don't think people know what they can do, until they get the chance, how far we can reach if we're given the chance. You do get a lot of confidence because you're doing things you didn't know you were capable of.

    — Streetwise Opera Performer, 2021

  • Taking part in Streetwise Opera’s activities has really boosted my confidence.

    — Streetwise Opera Performer, 2021

  • I have become a voice where I was just an echo.

    — Streetwise Opera Performer, 2021