Merry Christmas Everyone! A Run Down of Our Favourite Festive A Cappella

As much as we love a good Christmas tune, there’s only so much Wham! we can take… so it’s always really exciting when a cappella groups embrace the festive spirit and put a new and unique spin on a well-known seasonal song.

This year especially, groups have been pulling out all the stops to produce brilliant sounding, visually stunning performances of classic songs, so we thought the time was ripe to share with you some of our favourite offerings. Why don’t you hit us up on Facebook or Twitter and tell us some of yours?

Beatvox – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

I love this catchy and original reinvention of a classic carol and the fact that it features Voice Festival participants and professionals working together – it sums up everything that is great about the UK a cappella scene! – Alex

The Bristol Suspensions – Merry Christmas Everyone (Shakin’ Stevens)

It’s great to see last year’s VF-UK University Champions in their element and having kept their uniquely fun spirit despite the loss of some incredible members. The combination of the arrangement and one of the cutest videos of 2016 means you can’t help but feel warm, fuzzy and festive! – Houmaa

Eclipse 6 – Hamildolph (An American Christmas Story)

If a cappella is my number one love, then musical theatre is my second – Hamilton being my one of favourite shows. Mash up a cappella, Hamilton and Christmas, and I’m a very happy gal! One of the things I love most about a cappella is that it gives you an outlet to defy the norm in a way that other art forms don’t allow. The costumes are amazing here, and everything has been executed with such care and skill that you can’t help but smile! – Jess

Pentatonix – Mary, Did You Know? (Michael English)

I love this song from a group that truly have taken a cappella into the mainstream. This comes from a fantastic Christmas album, and I love this particular track because it is more stripped back than some of their other offerings. I hope this album inspires more groups to start up, and existing groups to try something out of their comfort zone. – Catherine

AfterParty – Last Christmas (Wham!)

I like this cover because the video is well thought-out and has a story to it that keeps you interested. I think it’s great when a group uses video to do something more than they could do with an audio recording and I think this one demonstrates that well! – Simon


The Voice Collection II – apply now!

We’re really excited to announce that applications are now open for the follow-up to our first compilation album, The Voice Collection 2013! We’re thrilled to once again be showcasing the quality and breadth of contemporary a cappella art form in the UK in 2015 and beyond in an album that we hope will delight, entertain, and inspire future generations of singers.

Any a cappella group based in the United Kingdom, whether youth, university, community or professional, is welcome to submit up to two pre-mixed tracks for inclusion on our compilation album. The final listing will be selected by our stellar line-up of judges and announced in December.

The Voice Collection II is due for release in January, and will be mastered by a cappella experts Liquid 5th Productions. For general queries, or for assistance with your application, please email voice@thevoicefestival.co.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Fill in our online Application Form (please read the Declaration carefully, and confirm)
2. Submit your chosen track(s) (max 2) in WAV and MP3 formats. Please upload these to Dropbox, WeTransfer or another file sharing solution of your choice and email voice@thevoicefestival.co.uk with the link to your track.
3. All application forms and tracks in the required format need to be received by Saturday 7th November at midnight. Any applications received after this time unfortunately cannot be considered for judging.
4. If your track is selected, you will be required to sign a release form giving us permission to use the track.

COSTS

There are no application costs involved, but successful groups will be required to purchase 15 CDs each for a total cost of £100, which they can sell on at a suggested price of £10 per CD at their own performances.

We look forward to hearing what you have to offer!


Interactive guide to the Festival Weekend, with added Happy!

For those of you unsure as to what our Festival Weekend will entail – or for those who just want to learn a little bit more about our judges, workshop leaders and competing participants, we’ve put together a useful guide which provides at-a-glance information on all of our workshop and competition sessions, as well as links to other web pages and details on how to purchase tickets.

Make sure you turn up your speakers, because the guide also includes a first listen of our collaborative recording of the chart topper ‘Happy’, as sung by participating a cappella singers from the 2014 Festival Weekend. Once again, our 2015 Weekend will include collaborative recording sessions with Liquid 5th Productions, so make sure you come along to give those vocal chords a stretch.


Voice Festival UK recording partnership with Liquid 5th

Liquid 5th ProductionsThe Voice Festival UK are thrilled to announce that for our 2013 season we will be working in partnership with Liquid 5th, who have generously offered to record, mix and master a free single for the three winning groups from the Voice Festival’s Youth, University and Community competitions!

Liquid 5th, based in the US, provide a cappella services of all kinds – recording, production, editing, mixing and mastering, as well as live sound, arranging and coaching. Like the Voice Festival UK, they recognise and understand the multiple ways in which a cappella singers need support to develop, and we are delighted to be working with them this year.