Back in 2010, during my second year at university, I became the President of the Oxford Belles. I left the group 18 months later, but never lost my love for everything a cappella, and kept popping up at Voice Festival University Programme regional rounds and finals to hand out programmes, help out front of house, or sell CDs… anything to stay involved! Of course, when a friend on the team told me about the exciting new roles advertised in 2013, I couldn’t wait to apply.
2. What is your role within the team?
I’m the Communications Manager – I work with our Communications Director, Cherith, to suss out the best channels to communicate to all of you what’s new in the exciting, ever changing and rapidly growing community that is the UK a cappella scene!
3. What has been your favourite Voice Festival moment so far?
Back when I was in the Belles, I attended a superb Voice Festival workshop led by VF-UK patron Joanna Forbes L’Estrange. It was a long time ago now, but stuck with me ever since. Participants were mixed up into new groups, and each group had a short time to come up with a fresh arrangement of the traditional ballad Scarborough Fair. For me, that’s what the Voice Festival is all about: it’s a forum for collaborating with new people and learning to adopt fearlessness when experimenting with new ideas.
4. Who is your favourite professional group?
I know we’ve heard it all before, but I can’t get enough of Pentatonix. They’re quirky and never fail to bring a smile to my face.
5. Have you got any secret talent/fact to share with everyone?
Usually I demonstrate my mediocre beatboxing skills – I think this is the only forum where that particular talent wouldn’t be considered very unique! I am something of a medievalist – I can reel off plenty of trivia from the Battle of Hastings to Game of Thrones, and could probably tell you a word or two in Old English…
6. Sum up the Voice Festival in 3 words
Animated, visionary, generous.
7. What do you do outside of the a cappella world?
I’m lucky enough to be doing a PhD in Anglo-Saxon Literature – finally putting those medieval skills to good use!