New piano is key to success

Golden Flatts Primary School Glee club leader Sarah Barton with the old piano and club members (from left to right) Chanice Gilligan, Courtney Allen, Chelsea Gilligan, Bethany Allen, Kurtis Halcrow, Katie White, Michelle Wang, Jade Atkinson and Ellie J Bate
Golden Flatts Primary School Glee club leader Sarah Barton with the old piano and club members (from left to right) Chanice Gilligan, Courtney Allen, Chelsea Gilligan, Bethany Allen, Kurtis Halcrow, Katie White, Michelle Wang, Jade Atkinson and Ellie J Bate
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AN after-school club that has taken inspiration from one of TV’s hottest shows to inspire youngsters to sing is in popular demand.

Golden Flatts Primary School, in Seaton Lane, Hartlepool, has formed its own Glee club – named after the popular American series.

The hit comedy-drama about a bunch of high school misfits and underdogs has become one of the biggest shows on TV thanks to its catchy renditions of popular songs.

The talented Hartlepool youngsters have enjoyed a busy summer of concerts at public events around town.

Sarah Barton, the club’s leader and a nursery teacher at Golden Flatts school, said: “I’ve always wanted to run a school choir but sometimes if children hear the word choir they are not interested because they think they are for old people.

“With Glee coming on television they have all got really into it.

“They’ve heard all the songs and seen bits of the programme.

“When Don’t Stop Believing was in the charts they loved it.

“We’ve done lots of concerts and performances around the town this summer.”

But they are appealing for help in their search for a new piano to help them keep in top tune.

Sarah, a member of Holy Trinity Church choir, added: “We’ve got a piano in the hall, but some of the keys don’t work which makes practice a bit hard.

“If someone has a piano in their house they don’t want or if there is a group with one they no longer use we would be happy to hear from them.”

Recently, the youngsters has performed at church fairs, raised money for the NSPCC by singing outside Tesco in Hartlepool and appeared at Hartlepool Music and Arts Festival.

They also took part in a church concert at Holy Trinity Church in Seaton Carew, sang in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre and are now planning their Christmas nativity.

The club currently has around 12 members aged from seven to 11 but it is about to recruit younger members from within school and the older children will take more of a lead role.

In April, the school was awarded a silver award in the national Sing Up schools programme.

The school tries to incorporate singing in all aspects of school life, including lessons.

Staff are now aiming for the gold award.