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Finch Stage School named as Glee Club Champions 2013!

Sunday 24th November saw the Indigo02 play host to the Grand Final of the third annual Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge. Having made it through the regional finals, ten groups from across London and Essex sang two songs each as they battled it out to be crowned the Glee Club Challenge Champions 2013 - and what a night it was!!

Celebrity judges chat-show host Graham Norton, singer Brenda Edwards and Eastenders star John Partridge were tasked with deciding which group should take the title. Graham Norton, who has been on the judging panel for the last three years, explained why he keeps returning: “I just fell in love with this event the first time I came to judge. It’s an amazing, amazing night." Before announcing the winner on stage, he said, "It doesn't matter which name is in this envelope. I think you are all winners."

After a truly specaular evening, which has been hailed as the best final yet, first prize was awarded to the Finch Stage School, who performed Ava Maria as their first song and wowed the audience with their second performance, titled the 'History of Song' - which concluded the evening in spectacular style.

Second place went to Scene II stage group from Dunmow, who's performances of Modern Millie and When You're an Adams edged the Deborah Day Theatre School from Newham, who came third.
 
Despite having to award a top three, it really was a case of 'everyone's a winner' with every group putting on a show which recieved raptuous applause from a sell-out audience.

John Patridge, who also served as a judge on BBC Talent Show 'Over the Rainbow', explained why he was keen to support the event: “I think it’s very important for young people to have something to strive for, something to believe in and something that is community based, something that bonds you with other people.”

Congratulations to everyone who took part and helped to make this event a huge success - we can't wait until next year!
London teenagers take over the Indigo 02 This weekend saw the Indigo 02 play host to the third annual Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge. Having made it through regionals and boot camp, ten groups from across London and Essex sang two songs each as they competed to be crowned the Glee Club Challenge Champions.
 
The winner was decided by a celebrity judging panel made up of presenter Graham Norton, singer Brenda Edwards and Eastenders star John Partridge. Graham Norton, who has judged the event every year since it’s launch, explained why he keeps returning: “once I’d been once, I just fell in love with this event. It’s an amazing, amazing night. These kids are so talented and I just spend about two hours crying essentially.”  
 
Speaking before the event, Brenda Edwards explained how a group could earn a 10 from her, “I think because I’m a singer, I’m looking at the vocals and the performance, so it’s all about vocals and performance for me and if those two marry together then that’s my winning group.”
 
After a night of covers, remixes and mash ups, the judges took the stage to announce Finch Stage School as the champions. The all girl group opened with a performance of Ave Maria and wowed audiences in the second act with their performance entitled 'history of song', which saw the girls perform a sample of hits featuring everyone from queen to the spice girls and lady gaga.
 
However, it wasn’t just the winners who had a brilliant night. Many of the young people were keen to praise the experience, with Real Deal, a group of 12 to 17 year olds from East London saying: “We’re all proud that we got this far. It’s not everyday a group of teenagers and kids can say they performed at Indigo O2, where people like Eve performed. It is quite big and very important to us. Being young don’t expect to do so many things”
 
The whole process was funded and organised by the Jack Petchey Foundation, which fund projects which inspire young people to believe in themselves and their capacity to achieve. The foundation’s CEO, Trudy Kilcullen explained “Jack believes if think you can, then you can. So that’s what we’re aiming to enable every young person to understand. If they really believe they can achieve, and they put their best effort into it, then we believe the will be successful.” 
 
John Patridge, who served as a judge on BBC Talent Show 'Over the Rainbow', explained why he was keen to support the event: “I think it’s very important for young people to have something to strive for, something to believe in and something that is community based, something that bonds you with other people.”
- See more at: http://www.communitychannel.org/london360/news-details/1493/london-teenagers-take-over-the-indigo-02/#sthash.G9VcLS8q.dpuf
London teenagers take over the Indigo 02 This weekend saw the Indigo 02 play host to the third annual Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge. Having made it through regionals and boot camp, ten groups from across London and Essex sang two songs each as they competed to be crowned the Glee Club Challenge Champions.
 
The winner was decided by a celebrity judging panel made up of presenter Graham Norton, singer Brenda Edwards and Eastenders star John Partridge. Graham Norton, who has judged the event every year since it’s launch, explained why he keeps returning: “once I’d been once, I just fell in love with this event. It’s an amazing, amazing night. These kids are so talented and I just spend about two hours crying essentially.”  
 
Speaking before the event, Brenda Edwards explained how a group could earn a 10 from her, “I think because I’m a singer, I’m looking at the vocals and the performance, so it’s all about vocals and performance for me and if those two marry together then that’s my winning group.”
 
After a night of covers, remixes and mash ups, the judges took the stage to announce Finch Stage School as the champions. The all girl group opened with a performance of Ave Maria and wowed audiences in the second act with their performance entitled 'history of song', which saw the girls perform a sample of hits featuring everyone from queen to the spice girls and lady gaga.
 
However, it wasn’t just the winners who had a brilliant night. Many of the young people were keen to praise the experience, with Real Deal, a group of 12 to 17 year olds from East London saying: “We’re all proud that we got this far. It’s not everyday a group of teenagers and kids can say they performed at Indigo O2, where people like Eve performed. It is quite big and very important to us. Being young don’t expect to do so many things”
 
The whole process was funded and organised by the Jack Petchey Foundation, which fund projects which inspire young people to believe in themselves and their capacity to achieve. The foundation’s CEO, Trudy Kilcullen explained “Jack believes if think you can, then you can. So that’s what we’re aiming to enable every young person to understand. If they really believe they can achieve, and they put their best effort into it, then we believe the will be successful.” 
 
John Patridge, who served as a judge on BBC Talent Show 'Over the Rainbow', explained why he was keen to support the event: “I think it’s very important for young people to have something to strive for, something to believe in and something that is community based, something that bonds you with other people.”
 
 
For more information of the work of the Jack Petchey Foundation and how to get involved visit:
http://www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk/
- See more at: http://www.communitychannel.org/london360/news-details/1493/london-teenagers-take-over-the-indigo-02/#sthash.G9VcLS8q.dpuf
London teenagers take over the Indigo 02 This weekend saw the Indigo 02 play host to the third annual Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge. Having made it through regionals and boot camp, ten groups from across London and Essex sang two songs each as they competed to be crowned the Glee Club Challenge Champions.
 
The winner was decided by a celebrity judging panel made up of presenter Graham Norton, singer Brenda Edwards and Eastenders star John Partridge. Graham Norton, who has judged the event every year since it’s launch, explained why he keeps returning: “once I’d been once, I just fell in love with this event. It’s an amazing, amazing night. These kids are so talented and I just spend about two hours crying essentially.”  
 
Speaking before the event, Brenda Edwards explained how a group could earn a 10 from her, “I think because I’m a singer, I’m looking at the vocals and the performance, so it’s all about vocals and performance for me and if those two marry together then that’s my winning group.”
 
After a night of covers, remixes and mash ups, the judges took the stage to announce Finch Stage School as the champions. The all girl group opened with a performance of Ave Maria and wowed audiences in the second act with their performance entitled 'history of song', which saw the girls perform a sample of hits featuring everyone from queen to the spice girls and lady gaga.
 
However, it wasn’t just the winners who had a brilliant night. Many of the young people were keen to praise the experience, with Real Deal, a group of 12 to 17 year olds from East London saying: “We’re all proud that we got this far. It’s not everyday a group of teenagers and kids can say they performed at Indigo O2, where people like Eve performed. It is quite big and very important to us. Being young don’t expect to do so many things”
 
The whole process was funded and organised by the Jack Petchey Foundation, which fund projects which inspire young people to believe in themselves and their capacity to achieve. The foundation’s CEO, Trudy Kilcullen explained “Jack believes if think you can, then you can. So that’s what we’re aiming to enable every young person to understand. If they really believe they can achieve, and they put their best effort into it, then we believe the will be successful.” 
 
John Patridge, who served as a judge on BBC Talent Show 'Over the Rainbow', explained why he was keen to support the event: “I think it’s very important for young people to have something to strive for, something to believe in and something that is community based, something that bonds you with other people.”
 
 
For more information of the work of the Jack Petchey Foundation and how to get involved visit:
http://www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk/
- See more at: http://www.communitychannel.org/london360/news-details/1493/london-teenagers-take-over-the-indigo-02/#sthash.G9VcLS8q.dpuf


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Finch Stage School with their trophy!