Glee Clubs Hit the UK

Mimi ON Apr 13, 2010 AT 5:45 pm


Glee has been a complete hit since its release, we can’t imagine life without it, and I don’t want to be around if it ever stops. With 1.8 million Facebook fans, 15,000 Twitter followers, and Don’t Stop Believing at number two on the singles chart, it is obvious that everyone loves a bit of Glee. But it isn’t just a TV show anymore; it is a way of life, Glee clubs are popping up all over the UK!

Paul Hume is a Year 3 teacher in Dulwich who had an epiphany while watching the season finale, he approached the head teacher the next morning and his own club was in the making.

Sam McKay started his Glee club at St. Mary’s School in Leeds, where it was such a success that 26 students auditioned for only 15 available spots.

Richard Blythe started a Glee club at Telford College, Edinburgh. He says he, “felt like a misfit [his] whole life,” which is one reason he started it. He wants everyone with a passion for show choir to have an opportunity to sing, so he accepted pretty much everyone into his club.

Glee star Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes on the hit show, thinks there has been a positive impact on music in schools. She said, “I can’t even tell you the number of times kids have come up to me to say that they’ve started a Glee club in school.”

But Glee clubs aren’t just for students. Helen Hampton started the Dulwich Pop Choir in September and estimates that the size has doubled since Christmas. At a recent concert at St. Barnabas’ Church, Linda Stanton, a grandma dressed in purple sequins, joined other 50-year-olds while singing numbers by Bon Jovi and Oasis.

Rachel Berry from Glee

Also, Glee Flash Mob has been seen all over London hot spots as a way of creating buzz for the DVD release. They have performed at Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, and even on the Tube singing everyone’s favourite songs from the show.

Glee clubs have also become a replacement for book clubs for those in their 30′s. These clubs serve as an informal setting where friends can gather around a piano and sing any song they fancy.

Channel 5 are now starting a new X-Factor meets Glee reality show in search for Britain’s best musical performance group entitled Don’t Stop Believing. They are currently auditioning groups for the show, where they will be choreographed, coached, and judged by leading professionals in the industry.

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