Search

Bethnal Green’s Real Deal kids get through to Petchey’s Glee Club finals

PUBLISHED: 17:49 25 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:49 25 October 2013

Bethnal Green's Real Deal glee club

Bethnal Green's Real Deal glee club

Petchey Foundation

Six talented kids from London’s East End have proved they’re “the real deal” when it comes to singing—getting through to the glitzy grand finals of a glee club challenge.

The Real Deal Glee Club from Bethnal Green won a place in next month’s Petchey Foundation’s Glee Club challenge finals after topping the east London regional heat in Barking.

It follows intensive training when all the regional finalists attended boot camp workshops with a professional singing coach and choreographer helping their stage performance to sparkle.

The Real Deal club, which rehearses at Bethnal Green’s Oxford House community centre, came together in 2011 to compete in BBC TV’s Sport Relief Does Glee Club 2012, which it won.

Its members, two boys and six girls aged 11 to 17, come from the Young & Talented School of Stage & Screen set up in 2004 by artistic director Suzann McLean.

“This is our first time in the Glee Club Challenge,” she said. “We go into the final with high hopes after winning the regional heat.

“Boot Camp was brilliant and gave them a chance to work on their skills and not get complacent.”

They now have a chance to win a share of £5,000 in prizes in the grand final at the Indigo O2 Arena on November 24, up against eight other regional winners.

Graham Norton heads the judges who also include actress Tamzin Outhwaite, XFactor finalist Brenda Edwards and actor-performer John Partridge who plays Christian in TV’s EastEnders.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Related articles

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the East London Advertiser