In the confines of my car, or indeed in the shower, it’s been known for me to belt out a few tunes. Safe in the knowledge that no-one can contradict me, I think I sound awesome. In actuality, I’m pretty sure I sound like a poor man’s Barry White. So it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I went along to our September meeting to embark on a public singing sesh with Sheffield’s Glee Bah Gum.
Ready and armed with some spectacular Red Velvet Cake (to calm my nerves of course – practically medicinal), we sat down to a stonking performance of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing. Next, the group’s leader Lizzie talked to us about how Glee Bah Gum came about and she showed real passion, pride and commitment for what they’ve achieved in a short space of time.
When it was time for us to join in I was enthused by Lizzie’s positive words of encouragement – she really put us at ease. So much so, I dared to give my vocal chords an airing, especially on what is arguably the greatest song ever written – 9-5 by Dolly Parton. Oh yes.
There are some stonking singers in SHWI and some got the chance to shine in a solo spot during Gary Barlow’s Sing – a Glee Bah Gum favourite. The highlight for me though was the rendition of Jerusalem at the end (obvs), even though I stand no chance of ever being able to hit that damn high note.
Glee Bah Gum stepped in to help us out at the last minute when the group we’d originally booked went off the radar, but you’d never have known. So thank you!
SHWI committee (Photo by Laura Bainbridge)