St Andrews Sparkles at Annual A Cappella Christmas Concert

Last weekend, the St Andrews A Cappella Society hosted their annual A Cappella Christmas Concert in front of a packed Younger Hall in St Andrews, and thanks to wonderful modern-day technology, and YouTube, you can now watch 8 of the songs online if you were, like our reviewer, unable to make the event.

Weather circumstances meant that both John Lau and Glasgow group Choral Stimulation were unable to make the event, which meant just four groups performed on the night – the four from the University of St Andrews.

The Other Guys kicked off proceedings by processing through the Hall from the back, singing a classic version of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. They then performed Straight No Chaser’s version of ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’, and finished with their self-titled ‘Carol Not From Kings’, which incorporated tracks by Justin Bieber, Mika and The Black Eyed Peas, as well as Christmas hymns such as ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing’. The latter two performances can be seen here.

The Hummingbirds were up next, and they performed a sweet version of ‘Silent Night’, with some flawless harmonies. They also did a Bruno Mars mash-up, incorporating ‘Marry You’ and ‘Just The Way You Are’, all the while wearing some great Christmas attire. Their performances can be found here.

The Alleycats were up next, singing a very lively version of ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ which really raised the roof, their infectious energy rubbing off on the audience. They also performed Britney’s ‘Toxic’, which felt a lot tighter than their version at the Edinburgh Fringe. It was nice to hear a male soloist too, adding a brand new dimension to the song. Both performances, complete with classic Christmas jumpers, can be seen here.

The Accidentals closed proceedings in great style. They performed a re-written version of Beyonce’s “If I Were A Boy”, which included a fitting tribute to the success of The Other Guys’ Royal Romance video. They also included a rendition of Shakin’ Stevens’ ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’, which showcased their vocal talent superbly with several different soloists. Their stripped-down opening of ‘Number 1’ by Tinchy Stryder was really well-done, and they once again showed off their individual talents throughout the rest of the song. The latter two performances can be found here.

Thanks must go to Bubble TV for their recordings of the evening.


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