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The great British glee-for-all

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  • John Neal
    THE TIMES: The success of Glee, a TV show set around a high-school music club, has revived a traditional form of British singing Contrary to popular thinking,
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      THE TIMES:

      The success of Glee, a TV show set around a high-school music club, has revived a traditional form of British singing

      Contrary to popular thinking, glee clubs, an institution in the US, are not named after the sentiment they inspire. Glees, originally a cappella songs, were composed in the ale houses of 18th-century London. The Nobleman and Gentlemen's Catch Club of London was founded in 1761, though by the mid-1850s glee clubs had crossed the Atlantic. These more austere glee clubs still exist in America's Ivy League universities, with one at the West Point Military Academy in New York State. These are a thoroughly preppy, apple-pie tradition.

      Read lots more here:-

      http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article7093584.ece

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