Oxford University Music Society

The Musical Heart of Oxford

Oxford University Music Society

Non-affiliated A Capella groups

In The Pink

Founded in 2003, In the Pink is an all-female a cappella group. In The Pink is about learning new skills from arranging music to beatboxing, enjoying harmonising with best friends, and putting on an amazing show no matter what.

In The Pink perform at a wide range of Oxford events, ranging from the Law Society Ball to a Chinese New Year celebration at the town hall; and from several charity events to singing at weddings. They have won awards at the Voice Festival UK, for Best Soloist and Best Overall Performance. They frequently tour, and also perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where they have often received five-star reviews! To find out more, visit their website.

The Alternotives

The Oxford Alternotives were Oxford’s very first a cappella group, having been established in 1993 as an alternative to the chapel choirs which dominated the Oxford singing scene at the time. As Oxford’s only mixed contemporary a cappella group, the Alternotives are renowned for their interesting and often experimental takes on any song that comes their way. In the last few years, arrangements have included Flight of the Conchords’ ‘Business Time’, Muse’s ‘Knights of Cydonia’, and their award-winning arrangement of Regina Spektor’s ‘Samson’. In 2013 the Alternotives were Oxford’s regional champions in the national VFUK competition, winning a place in the national final and appearing on BBC1’s The One Show. Like many of Oxford’s other groups, the Alternotives also travel to Edinburgh to perform in the Fringe Festival every year, and even find time embark on international tours, with the 2012 tour making its way to Boston and New York. Their most recent studio album, ‘Take Your Mama’, is available on Spotify and iTunes. They are always on the lookout for talented singers to join their ranks, so if you are interested please send them a message. Contact details and moe information can be found by visiting their website.

The Oxford Belles

The Oxford Belles are Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University’s original all-female a cappella group, founded in 1995. They rehearse three times a week, and perform both in around Oxford and beyond – they travel regularly to London, and to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe almost yearly. Members enjoy a great social scene, too! This group are all about sass, professionalism, and originality, and in particular they enjoy their frequent impromptu arranging sessions in which the whole group gets involved. For more information about the group, and about how to get involved, you can visit their website.

The Oxford Gargoyles

The Oxford Gargoyles are Oxford’s mixed jazz A Cappella group founded in 1998. In 2012 they were crowned Open Category Choir of the Year, and subsequently performed on BBC radio and television. In 2010 they won the Voice Festival UK competition, and performed with A Cappella superstars, The Real Group, the following year. The group have toured North America, Europe, and Asia, and regularly perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where they are going into their 10th consecutive year. The Gargoyles have performed to audiences at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. The Gargoyles have released thirteen albums to date, the most recent of which is titled ‘Tonehenge.’ More information about joining the group can be found on their website.

They can also be found on YouTube and on Twitter and Facebook.

The Ultrasounds

The Ultrasounds are Oxford’s all-male, all-medic a cappella group. They perform at events throughout the university and over the past year have been booked for gigs all around Oxford and the UK including MCR events, garden parties, weddings, a music festival and a variety show for hospital consultants. The group sing a wide range of modern music arranged by its members, and they rehearse regularly throughout the year. If you’re a clinical medic interested in joining and would like to audition, you can contact them via their Facebook page.

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue is Oxford University’s premier all-male a cappella group. Formed in the year 2000, OOTB has gone on to enjoy international success, having sung in Sri Lanka, Japan, Hong Kong, Spain, Scandinavia and the USA to school kids, Presidents and everyone in between. In the UK, the group sings at a number of events, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe — the largest arts festival in the world — where the group has won the Fringe sell-out award five times and gained critical and popular acclaim. In 2011, OOTB reached the live semifinals of the popular show Britain’s Got Talent, where they were featured on national TV and even praised by Simon Cowell!

OOTB also conducts dozens of school workshops throughout the UK and the US each year. The group’s goal in doing so is to instill in school kids a sense of courage and adventure when it comes to performing and engaging with music, a joy that they hope to share with our audiences every time they sing on stage.

Since 2006, the group has supported Helen and Douglas House, an Oxford-based charity that started in 1982 as the world’s first hospice for children with life-limiting illnesses. Each year, OOTB performs alongside well-known British comedians for thousands of supporters at the charity’s annual fundraising event, and the group collects donations for the charity after all of its public concerts in the UK.

Serving an unbeatable cocktail of hot harmonies and outrageous choreography, Out of the Blue’s fourteen sharp-suited singers provide a musical experience like no other. The group’s enjoyment is contagious, their musicality infectious – this is a cappella like you’ve never heard it before!

The Beatroots

Made up of grad students and researchers, The Beatroots are Oxford’s only postgraduate a cappella group. They are a mixed-voice contemporary group who sing original arrangements in styles from pop and rock to jazz, soul, country, folk, and Motown (fan favourites include a Jackson 5 medley, Patsy Cline with a dash of Beyonce, and an award-winning Taylor Swift/Greenday mashup). With an emphasis on harmony both onstage and off, they rehearse once a week, but strongly believe in pub time and picnics as well! The Beatroots have recorded two EPs and racked up awards at Voice Festival UK in 2013 and 2017. They sing at garden parties, balls, college events, festivals, and a yearly concert with the ever-rambunctious Ultrasounds. They’ve graced stages around the UK, in Birmingham, Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, and London. Although members may be a few years older than other Oxford a cappella groups, they’ve never outgrown their love of singing and just being silly. For more information, check out their Facebook page, or find them on Spotify or youtube.

The Oxford Commas

The Oxford Commas are the University’s Hottest All-Male* Acapella group. Founded in 2015 they’ve gone from strength to strength, enjoying tours of the US and appearing on Sky TV’s Sing Ultimate Acapella – not to mention innumerable University Balls, Concerts and other functions. Singing a huge range of music, from Pop to Barbershop, Hip-hop to Musical Theater – they pride themselves on standing out from the crowd with a focus on slick performance style and uncompromising vocals, while maintaining a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Check them out on their website or facebook and see them in action on their youtube or an upcoming concert!

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