I was a member and Musical Director of the Oxford Belles and so had been to a few regionals of the University Competition. Having previously known or having got to know members of the team, I was asked if I’d be interested in getting involved. Of course I said yes, as the events have always been highlights to the year, and I am anxious to keep a cappella a key part of my life!
2. What is your role within the team?
I oversee the day-to-day administrative running of the organisation, coordinate the team and overview the events season
3. What has been you favourite Voice Festival moment so far?
Lasagna cooked by Simon at my first team meeting! In the past, though, the after-party at last year’s Oxford regional round at Thirst was a wonderful experience – so many a cappella groups (including some in doctors’ scrubs) in the ‘beer garden’ area of Thirst, which became a magical outdoor a cappella dancefloor – wonderful!
4. Who is your favourite professional group?
Very tricky – but probably The Boxettes, with their incredible vocals coupled with killer beatboxing and stage presence. My other favourite group is Fork, although they use samples and loops to alter their voices and create some incredible sounds, but again their stage presence is mind-blowing, and they do some wonderful versions of some songs that I love, particularly their version of Roxette’s ‘The Look’, with proper audience participation!
5. Have you got any secret talent/fact to share with everyone?
Despite mainly being musically-focused in life, I’m also a qualified manicurist, ex-county chess champion, and went to circus school as a child!
6. Sum up the Voice Festival in 3 words
Friendly, challenging, inspiring
7. What do you do outside of the a cappella world?
I work as a music administrator at a secondary school, as well as administrator for a borough youth orchestra. On the side, I also work in bars and as a writer for various websites!
Contact Carys: firstname.lastname@example.org