Oxford students release brilliant charity singleBy Editor
Of all the societies at a university, an a cappella group isn’t one that many used flock to. But after the recent hit Pitch Perfect there has been an influx interest in the art of singing with any backing sound, with many groups popping up across the country. One collection of Oxford students, however, have been there from the start, even appearing in Britain’s Got Talent and have just released a charity single.
The all-male group, Out of The Blue, from Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University started in 2000 and have since gone on to play a whole host of events like Edinburgh Fringe, and have even played festivals in America and in front of former leader of the free world and saxophone master, Bill Clinton.
But recently they have utilised their vocal skills to help raise money for Helen and Douglas House Hospice for Children and Young Adults. The Oxfordshire-based institution relies on 85% of the £5 million is costs to run its faculties to be funded via the public, rather than private companies or the government.
After recently forming a close tie with the hospice, Out of the Blue have performed for their fundraising event Childish Things over the past few years, so their recent charitable single doesn’t come as a surprise.
The song, which is a mashup of various Shakira hits, can be bought for any price, similar to how Radiohead marketed their 2007 album, In Rainbows, when they told fans: “pay what you want.”