Our third spotlight features one of the two all-female a cappella groups from the University of Oxford, In The Pink.
In The Pink were formed in 2002 in order to cater for the abundance of talented female singers at the university.
Since their inception, the girls have set about performing at various Oxford Balls and gigs to increase their reputation both around the university and within the UK.
From 2006 to 2007, the group competed in the Western European semi-finals in Oxford. In 2006, they placed third behind Cambridge’s Fitz Barbershop and Out of the Blue, also from Oxford. Alexandra Godfree won the award for “Outstanding Arrangement” for the Carpenters’ Rainy Days and Mondays. In the following year, they finished behind Out of the Blue, the Oxford Gargoyles and the Oxford Alternotives, but Rebecca Dale won the award for “Outstanding Vocal Percussion”.
In 2008, the group took part in the first of two Western European quarter-finals, signifying the rise in popularity of collegiate a cappella in the UK, at which Suzannah Merchant claimed the award for “Outstanding Vocal Percussion”, despite the group finishing outside the top three again.
They have also taken part in the Voice Festival UK competition since its inception in 2009.
The group have also recorded four studio albums: Tickled Pink (2006), All Mouth No Trousers (2007), By Any Other Name (2008) and their latest effort, Pinkredible (2010).
In March 2011, the group once again competed in the Voice Festival UK at the Oxford Regional Round, but due to the increased number of entries for the competition, they failed to qualify for the final. Following that, they performed at St John’s College Ball in the summer of 2011, where they met pop band The Feeling, and were excited to sing their cover of one of the band’s songs, Rose, during their set that night.
In August 2011, they took a show to the Edinburgh Fringe for the 7th consecutive year, and were extremely well received, with Elton John’s Your Song a particular highlight.
The Year in Quotes
…of the Fringe:
“Spot-on.” – FringeReview
“Vivacious.” – Edinburgh Spotlight
“Infectious energy.” – Scott Turner, fan
“Gave me goosebumps.” – Mark Gregory, UACUK founder
This autumn the group will be auditioning for as many as ten new members, as several of the group are either graduating or taking a year abroad, but President Miranda Essex is looking forward to the challenge ahead: “It will mean a lot of hard work at first, having to teach old and new songs to so many new members, but by the Spring, we should be ready for the Voice Festival, our new album, and our 8th run at the Fringe.” Becca Nicholls, the Musical Director for the forthcoming year, added: “It also means that we could see a lot of new, fresh talent coming into the group, which is really exciting.”
As mentioned above, the group hope to record their fifth studio album in the Spring, ready to sell at the Fringe Festival in the summer of 2012.
Aside from meeting The Feeling, during the Edinburgh Fringe run this year, one of the girls’ brothers was dragged up on stage, much to his embarrassment – his red face will live long in the memory!
For news on their auditions and performances from the girls, follow their brand new Facebook page, or watch this space!