Young people in Barking urged to apply for glee club singing competition

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 May 2018

Young and Talented from Bethnal Green won second place in last year's competition. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

Young and Talented from Bethnal Green won second place in last year's competition. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation


The country’s biggest glee club competition is holding bootcamp sessions for people in Barking.

The Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge is recruiting 60 groups to take part in its seventh annual singing contest, and will be holding free bootcamp workshops for successful applicants.

Last year’s winners RE:VERB included singer Ruti Olajugbagbe, who has gone on to win The Voice.

Patron and judge, Tamzin Outhwaite, said: “The great thing about the Glee Club Challenge is that it’s not just a competition. The focus is always on improving performance skills and self-confidence.

“Groups of all levels are encouraged to participate and, even if you don’t make the final, you will walk away having learnt so much. It is always a joy to judge the final and the talent and commitment blow me away.”

People aged 11-25 have until September to apply to the competition, and bootcamp sessions will be held in Barking in January next year. There will be 60 groups recruited – they will take place in the free bootcamp workshops with mentorship from professional singers.

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