Carisbrooke College’s Glee Club. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
MUSIC SONGS by Kings of Leon, Coldplay and Aretha Franklin featured in a concert performed by Carisbrooke College’s new Glee Club.
It was held at the school last Wednesday and attended by an audience of more than 100 parents, friends and fellow students.
Songs, including Imagine by John Lennon, Dance With Me Tonight by Olly Murrs, and Talking to the Moon by Bruno Mars, soon had the audience clapping and singing along.
Club founder Chloe Cooper, 16, said the idea had been an instant hit with students.
"We realised there were so many talented students who wanted to sing but didn’t want to join the choir and sing church music," she said.
"Around 30 people auditioned at first, but we’ve narrowed it down to 17 and I think they are the best singers in the school. We have all become really good friends and we have a lot of fun together.
"The concert went really well. I think everyone was nervous but really excited, and I’m so proud of them all."
The school’s gifted and talented co-ordinator, Tamsin Lingard-Lane, said: "I’m really impressed with what they have done. It really embodies everything about the gifted and talented programme, which is aimed at encouraging independence, creativity and ambition."
Acting headteacher Nicky Thompson added: "Yet again, this shows the quality of students’ initiative, leadership and responsibility. We are very proud of the achievements of our young people."
The concert raised more than £400 for club funds and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
The Glee Club will enter next year’s IW Musical Competition Festival, and members hope to take part in other talent shows as well.