The Scottish Primary School Glee Challenge 2024.
Once again, we are delighted to be bringing Glee back for 2024
The Challenge continues to be Scotland’s largest most inclusive school singing, dance, performance and choir initiative and engages with thousands of primary school children creating opportunities and benefits for school communities across Scotland. To support schools we also provide access to a range of resources for participating schools including videos, signed video instructions, lesson plans, backing tracks and lyrics.
It has been running continuously since 2013 when it started as small fundraiser before establishing as the Scottish Primary School Glee Challenge in 2015 under the auspices of the Frisson Foundation. Even throughout Covid we continued Glee in various formats and were one of the first to host a Virtual Choir Challenge then in 2022 we held a hybrid Glee Challenge with video entries and a live National Final.
The Glee Challenge made its full comeback for 2022/23 against quite a turbulent backdrop of covid recovery and industrial unrest. The response was fantastic with 120 schools joining us. Figures were just shy of 4000 pupils, taking part in 18 events and audience figures around 12000 across all the events. Head teachers, teachers, schools staff, parents and children all expressed their delight in having the Challenge back and the atmosphere and excitement in all the venues was second to none. So, with such a warm welcome on return the decision to bring back the Challenge back for 2023/24 was a little easier.
However, the financial climate with heavy rising costs continues to be a difficult one for everyone. The flexibility and cost structures available when hiring venues are no longer available to us and we continue to work hard to ensure that our costs are as low as possible to ensure the Challenge is available to everyone. This does mean that there is a limited number of events and places available. We are hopeful that our ticket prices for carers/parents will remain in line with last year's charges.
The small registration fee of £45 to join us and a registration fee of £25 for any additional choir.
KEY STEPS (Please see rules for a fuller discussion)
Registration Phase – we are inviting schools to form a Glee Choir and register no later than 23rd September 2023 to take part in the qualifying heats Where a school from a local authority which is not listed wishes to enter or their local authority area is oversubscribed there will be the opportunity to attend a heat in a neighbouring region. Please note there is no video route this year and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Sectionals/Heats – choirs will perform two songs (set song, to be announced shortly and one other of their own choosing) at their allocated heats. One of our wider aims is to promote inclusive communication and signing in the set song will continue to be encouraged as part of our Challenge. For the avoidance of doubt these are live performances in a venue.
Area/Regional Finals – sectional winners will automatically go forward to the regional finals and the next best scoring choirs across all heats will be invited to attend one of the live Regional Finals. There is a different set song for the Area/Regional Finals.
National Final –The winners of each Regional Final, and should space permit the next best scoring choirs across all regions, will be invited to join the National Final.
The National Final will be held on June 23rd at the Caird Hall, Dundee
Full set of Rules & Regulations (download here)
Registration Fee is £45 per choir. On receipt of your registration form you will be invoiced. Please await your invoice. Entries are only valid once payment is received. You will be able to pay either by BACS or card.
The registration fee for each additional choir is £25.
"Early Bird Entries" have been contacted separately