Community choir Glee Bah Glum are celebrating their third year this year. They will be performing their 2014 annual show at Queens Road Social Club on Saturday 18th October.
This years’ theme for the annual show is ‘Divas and Icons’ and includes a wide range of artists such as Madonna, Billy Joel, The Beatles and Sheffield’s own Pulp.
The choir’s Musical Director Lizzie Yoxall explains: “Our annual October show is the highlight of the year for Glee Bah Gum, together we choose a theme and work for months to perfect the songs harmonies and dance routines so you can imagine the surprise when I informed the choir I might not be able to conduct them this year, but with my own baby due only 8 days before the concert date it was just too uncertain. However the choir has really come together with lots of member volunteering to become ’emergency conductors’ and learning to conduct individual songs just in case I can’t make it on the night. As they say the show must go on, I just hope I am there to see it and Baby Yoxall doesn’t choose that night to make his grand entrance”.
One particular song the choir are performing this month is ‘Baby Love’ by The Supremes, a song that has become quite significant as Lizzie explains:
It’s true that singing, especially with others, is a fantastic form of relaxation and can ease stress and anxiety.
Whether this has anything to do with the amount of pregnancies amongst Glee Bah Gum members nobody really knows, but it does make you think.
The choir has grown from strength to strength since 2012 and is now busier than ever. They have enlisted new young members in 2014 and collaborated once again with travelling outdoor theatre company Heartbreak Productions for their production of Macbeth in Sheffield Botanical Gardens back in June. This involved a run of 5 performances where the choir provided all the music and plenty of creepy sound effects to accompany the actors. This particular version of Macbeth was set in a First World War hospital. The choir were required to sing old war time songs such as ‘It’s a long Way to Tipperary’ and rehearsed very hard to be able to perform ‘Zadok the Priest’ in three-part harmony.
On top of that, the choir succeeded in raising over £400 for Pancreatic Cancer during their summer concerts.
This particular charity is important to gleeks because member Sallie Wilson, vicar at Church on the Corner, sadly lost her brother to the disease last year which also inspired the choir to dedicate a song in his memory at their June concert.
Glee Bah Gum is a small community Glee Club where new members are always welcome. There are no auditions and no one is turned away. It is run by members, for members and the current age range spans five decades.
The choir rehearse at Church on the Corner, Buchanan Road, Southey Green every Monday night 6:30 – 8:30 m and more info can be found at www.gleebahgum.com or follow their Facebook / Twitter page – Glee Bah Gum.
Tickets for Divas & Icons are available online, on the door or from firstname.lastname@example.org