Glee club launches challenge for Christmas charts

The race is on for the much sought-after Christmas number one spot as Bracknell Glee Club’s first-ever single becomes available for download.

The group now hopes the song will topple the single released by the winner of ITV1’s The X Factor, which has often been a favourite for the top spot in recent years.

The performance video on YouTube has already had 2,000 hits in a week.

The club hopes to emulate rockers Rage Against the Machine, who pipped X Factor’s 2009 winner Joe McElderry to the number one position after an internet campaign.

The glee club’s choice is their version of ‘Light a Candle’, originally recorded by Christian rock band Avalon.

The club spent Sunday, October 15, recording the song at Sandy Lane Primary School in Bracknell.

Group organiser Richard Whennell  produced the song which is now available for download on the website http://www.apple.com/itunes .

The money raised from sales will be donated to cancer charities Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK and Richard said it was “hugely emotional” recording the song.

He said: “I am very excited by this whole thing.

“I have spent the last two weeks putting it all together, making it sound like one song, as it was recorded in stages.

“My friend and I had a very late night in London finishing it off.

“But now it’s there and it’s on sale and we are all very proud of it.”

He added the charities the group had chosen “appeal to everyone” and hoped that, as well as getting to number one, the club would also be able to raise a good amount of cash.

He added: “Recording this song has actually been very emotional.

“Everyone has been affected by cancer at some point in their lives.”

The song went live on Thursday last week, but Richard said they would not know for six weeks how it was selling.

Richard’s hard work with the glee club has also been rewarded with a ‘special recognition’ in the Pride of Bracknell awards.

Richard was praised during the ceremony at The Grange Hotel in Bracknell on Thursday, but narrowly missed out on receiving the Pride of Bracknell award, which went to two brothers who run the radio station at Heatherwood Hospital.

The glee club performed at the event and received a standing ovation as they sang ‘Light a Candle’.

Richard said: “I was very honoured.

“I narrowly missed out on winning, but I’m still very pleased to receive the recognition.

“I think it’s a bit strange that something like the glee club would get this recognition, but it’s brilliant we have.

“The group sang amazingly, it was really a fantastic performance.

“The audience gave us a standing ovation which was wonderful.”

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