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Gleeful pupils hit the big stage

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10 June 2016

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Glee clubs from schools across Edmonton will be battling it out on a West End stage for the chance to dub themselves the borough's best performers.

Glee clubs from schools across Edmonton will be battling it out on a West End stage for the chance to dub themselves the borough's best performers.

The 18 schools are taking part in 'Edmonton Glee' and will be performing at the Piccadilly Theatre in the finals of the competition on Monday 20 June which was organised by the Edmonton Schools Partnership which works together to raise aspirations and provide exciting opportunities for children in the area. The project will also support the Mayor of Enfield’s "Enfield Sounds Great" charity.

The partnership commissioned Pineapple Performing Arts to deliver weekly Glee Clubs for the 18 schools in Edmonton (15 primary, 2 secondary and 1 special school) where the children worked with industry professionals to develop their vocal, dance and performance skills. Preliminary rounds were held at the Millfield Theatre where the children performed on stage and were given constructive feedback from a panel of judges, which included west end performers.

Antoinette Goldwater, the Headteacher of last year's winners, Fleecefield Primary school in Brettenham Road, Edmonton, said: "This is a great project that the children thoroughly enjoy and which gives them tremendous opportunities to showcase their talent.

"The atmosphere in the theatre where the finals take place is electric, the parents are fantastically supportive and the buzz we had around the school after we won last year was just brilliant, this really is a wonderful initiative which gives the children wonderful memories and inspires them to achieve great things."

Enfield Mayor, Cllr Bernadette Lappage, said: "360 children of all backgrounds and abilities took part in this project which aimed to raise children’s aspirations, help them have fun and encourage them to have a love of the arts. "A brilliant side effect of this scheme is that we have discovered some real talent along the way. Performing at the Piccadilly will give children a unique and magical experience which is truly inspirational.

"This absolutely supports all the principles of the Mayor of Enfield’s charity Enfield Sounds Great – it is about making sure all the children in the borough have access to music because it’s a vitally important part of cultural life and education which can make a tremendous contribution to society."

"This event will bring all of the schools together to celebrate the achievements of pupils in Edmonton. It is a real community event and all 1,000 seats are taken as parents cannot wait to see their children perform in the West End, so it will be a full house and a truly magic musical moment which I am absolutely delighted to be supporting."

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Children Services & Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: "This is a brilliant project which will deliver tremendous benefits to the pupils taking part, it is a great opportunity for the children to perform on a West End stage and showcase their talents.

"Enfield Council is utterly committed to helping young people to fulfil their potential and this project is a superb example of how to celebrate the achievements of young people in the borough, give them opportunities they would not normally enjoy and encourage them to reach for the stars."

The winners on Monday (June 20) will win a day at the world famous Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden and receive free workshops. Individual children who show promise will receive scholarships irrespective of whether or not they are in the winning team. There will be a panel of six judges including West End performers and the Mayor of Enfield who has been a passionate advocate for Edmonton Glee.  

The project was set up and funded by the Edmonton Schools' Partnership.

The schools taking part include: Brettenham, Fleecefield, Raynham, Eldon Primary (Infants and Juniors), Cuckoo Hall Academy, Woodpecker Hall Academy, Starks Field, West Lea, Oakthorpe, St Edmunds, St John and St James, Wilbury, Hazelbury Infant, Hazelbury Junior, Galliard, Nightingale Academy and Edmonton County.  Children are from KS1 through to KS3 (six to 12 years of age).