NOEL Gallagher has chosen the captain of Aylesbury Glee Club to help promote his new album.
The Oasis star has invited Gill Kilvert to join his small on-stage choir during the UK leg of his High Flying Birds tour.
“I am very excited. I have never met him before,” said the Aylesbury 28 year old – who founded Aylesbury Glee Club UK 12 months ago.
She will be taking to the stage with the Don’t Look Back In Anger singer throughout February – performing in Belfast Dublin, Newcastle and Glasgow.
It is not the first time she will have performed for a rock/indie audience as she recently provided backing vocals for English band Bombay Bicycle Club.
Kilvert, of Aylesbury, was recruited for Gallagher’s tour thanks to her performances at the Hertfordshire Chorus Group – which meets once a week in Hatfield. She explains that her name was put forward by the group’s musical director, who knows people in the business.
Kilvert has been teaching singing and piano playing for five years and was asked by Glee Club UK to form an Aylesbury branch. On average, 15-20 members meet each Tuesday night at Bedgrove Infant School. Surprisingly not every member of the club is a fan of the US Glee TV show. “Initially people came because of the programme, but I now have members that have never seen the show,” she said. “They have heard about Aylesbury Glee Club UK from their friends or neighbours. Although most members have seen the show and I, myself, am a very big fan of it.”
She describes the club as informal and fun. “It is two hours a week where people can forget about the rest of their lives. We sing a lot of kind of chart songs, for example Don’t Stop Me Now, by Queen, or Shine, by Take That – cheesy, feel-good songs.
“We put a few dance moves together to go with the songs, but it usually just results in hysterics. It is just such good fun. There are no auditions, you don’t need any prior experience and anyone can come along. You just need lots of enthusiasm.”