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Don’t Stop Believin’ – ‘Glee Club Challenge’ comes to Surrey

Don’t Stop Believin’ – ‘Glee Club Challenge’ comes to Surrey

Calling Local Young Talent

Graham Norton announces the winners Glee Club competition Glee Club final Glee Club finalistsThe search for the best Glee Club performers in the UK has begun and this year local young talent from Surrey are invited to enter this amazing event. Entries have opened for the 5th annual Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge 2015.

The largest Glee Club competition in the UK has expanded to include Surrey to what has been a Greater London and Essex competition. Now even more young people will get the opportunity to ‘tread the boards’ and share a fantastic Glee experience.

The music and dance programme is aimed at young performers aged 11-25 years and offers a chance to win a share of £5,000 in prizes and perform at the World famous IndigO2 at The O2 Arena. The prestigious Grand Final takes place in March 2016.

TV’s Graham Norton is Patron of the Challenge and Chief Judge. He will once again head the judging panel at the spectacular Gala Final. He said “Every year I am moved by these young people. There is so much passion in their performances it brings a tear to the eye. They are a joy to watch and a real challenge to judge. Everyone should enter!”

Other celebrity patrons and judges include TV and West End personalities John Partridge, Tamzin Outhwaite, Brenda Edwards and Daniel Boys, as well as BBC Entertainment Correspondent Brenda Emmanus.

Over 2,500 performers have taken part in this fantastic competition since it launched in 2011. It’s a flagship programme of the Jack Petchey Foundation inspired by the hugely successful and award winning Glee TV series.

The Challenge is open to schools, youth clubs, drama and dance groups, friends with a passion for performing, established groups or those just starting out. The top 40 groups will be put through their paces at a series of boot camps and workshops by industry professionals to hone their performing skills.

Lee Thompson, Programme Director said “The Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge just keeps getting bigger and better and it’s not just about attracting the best. We are looking for potential and the boot camps are designed to help groups improve their performance skills and confidence. So I would urge any group of young people with an interest in performing to take a look at the website and have a go. You never know you could be performing in front of 1,500 people next March!”

Talented performers from Surrey who make it through the early heats of the song and dance contest may be asked to perform at the Surrey regional final, due to take place at Tiffin Boys’ School, Kingston Upon Thames on Sunday 29th November.

Whoever you are The Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge wants to hear from you. Entrants must be aged between 11 and 25 and groups must number between eight and 30 performers. So don’t stop believin’. Entry is absolutely FREE and couldn’t be easier just visit www.gleeclubchallenge.co.uk for further details. Closing date for entries is 25 September 2015