The JACK PETCHEY GLEE CLUB CHALLENGE is the largest youth Glee Club competition in the UK and is a music and dance education programme aimed at performers aged 11 to 25. It’s a flagship programme of the Jack Petchey Foundation inspired by the hugely successful and award winning Glee TV series.

The Challenge is open to schools, youth organisations, drama and dance groups, friends with a passion for performing, established groups or those just starting out. Groups must be based in London or Essex (groups outside of this area who have participated before are also eligible to apply), have a minimum of 10 members and all members must be aged 11-25.

The Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge  provides:


  • FREE entry

  • FREE assessment/workshop visits

  • FREE workshops and bootcamps with theatre and music industry professionals

  • FREE participation in Regional Finals at prestigious venues across London/Essex

  • FREE participation in the Grand Final at a West End venue

  • Celebrity judges at the Grand Final 

  • A chance to share in a £5000 prize money pot!


Whilst there is no doubt that the Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge is a fierce competition the main purpose of the programme is to provide educational and performance opportunities for young performers.  It is our aim to ensure that every group that participates leaves the Challenge (at whatever stage) having grown their performance ability, teamwork skills, self-discipline and confidence.

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Registered in England as a charitable company limited by guarantee. 

Jack Petchey Foundation Company Number: 10872145. Registered Charity Number: 1176221