'Amazing reaction' to Bracknell Glee ClubBy Hugh Fort
March 23, 2010
More than 40 people aged between 13 and 67 sang and danced the night away at the launch of Bracknell’s Glee Club.
The first session at Lambrook School in Winkfield attracted 41 singers, who stretched their vocal chords with songs including Abba’s Mamma Mia and Take That’s Shine.
Organiser Richard Whennell, a musician from Priestwood, was thrilled with the turnout.
He said: “It was brilliant. We had 41 people come along, the oldest of which was 67. It was a really high energy session.
“We got them singing a four part harmony of Mamma Mia and some of the people there started doing the choreography.”
He added he had received some really good feedback from people via the group’s website.
One comment said: “I LOVED yesterday evening – it was SUCH fun.
“Definitely count me in as a regular (sadly much to my husband’s annoyance) and I will hopefully be bringing another friend along next week, plus my sister.
“I spent a whole hour this morning walking the dogs singing Mamma Mia at the top of my voice with a big grin on my face whilst practising the ‘choreography’ – luckily I do a very deserted route!”
Another comment said: “That really was AMAZING – SO jolly, such fun and one of the most uplifting things I have done for years (well, without the aid of alcohol!).”
Richard added: “It was great to see the quality of the people who came along and from my point of view to see all the smiles on people’s faces when they were singing ‘Shine’ and actually sounding like Take That was amazing.
“Our ultimate aim is to hold concerts in the local area. Once we’re a bit more settled we can look in to doing that, but for a first session it was amazing.”
The second session was held last Thursday and Richard was delighted with the turnout, even though it was almost entirely new faces.
He said: “We had a great second session.
“We had slightly fewer than the first week, but the majority of the 35 attendees from the second session were new people that had heard of the club through the The Standard and word of mouth.”
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