The UK University A Cappella Blog is part of University A Cappella UK, a project dedicated to increasing the reputation of collegiate a cappella throughout the UK through blogging, social media and networking events.
The aim of The UK University A Cappella Blog is to bring you the very latest news, reviews, interviews and exclusives before anyone else, as well as providing a platform on which members of the a cappella community can share their opinions.
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Mark Gregory, CEO/Founder (since August 2011)
Mark Gregory knew nothing of the a cappella world until he attended the St Andrews Regional of the Voice Festival UK back in March 2010. Since joining The Other Guys, his passion for the musical genre has blossomed, and he set up University A Cappella UK in August 2011, in order to share his passion with the rest of the a cappella community.
Outside of the blog, Mark studies German and Russian at the University of St Andrews. He enjoys musical theatre, football and writing his second fantasy novel.
Mark’s work on the blog involves everything from article writing and editing to site and business management.
John Lau, Scottish Co-Ordinator/Festival Maestro (since October 2011)
John Lau proceeded through the entirety of his studies between 1998 and 2003 unaware of the budding collegiate a cappella movement in the UK, and it was not until 2008, when he stumbled across The Oxford Gargoyles on the Royal Mile at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, that his love of a cappella was ignited. The majority of his interest has resided with the Oxford-based groups, but has since broadened his a cappella horizons after visiting both the London A Cappella Festival and the Voice Festival UK Final in 2011.
With what is left of his life, John enjoys travel, learning languages and looking for his missing ‘other half’ somewhere in Eastern Europe.
John’s work on the blog includes keeping track of our Scottish groups and attending as many festivals as possible to soak in all the a cappella goodness.
Carys Evans, Oxford Co-Ordinator/Femme Fatale (since August 2012)
Carys Evans discovered a cappella in 2010 after seeing an advert saying ‘Do you like singing? Are you female?’, which she felt described her perfectly. After singing with The Oxford Belles for a year, and taking on the role of musical director, she realised that a cappella was impossible to quit and has been returning to sing with the Belles at the Edinburgh Fringe ever since.
Outside of a cappella, Carys works in arts administration and writes for a variety of websites. She likes music by Prince, ping pong, and watching trashy TV.
Carys’ work on the blog involves keeping track of her beloved Belles and providing the men with a fresh perspective on life, the universe and a cappella.
Folarin Akinmade, London Co-Ordinator/Utility Man (since September 2011)
Folarin Akinmade had lived blissfully unaware that a hidden world of a cappella existed all around him until he joined King’s College London’s all-male a cappella group, All the King’s Men. Since that time he has become immersed in this wonderful world and would love the opportunity to share his newfound knowledge with others.
When he is not devoting his full time and energies to a cappella, he studies law at King’s, writes and performs his own music, and constantly begins the same short story.
Flo’s work on the blog involves keeping track of all the goings on in the budding a cappella hub in London and doing all the work that everyone else doesn’t have time for.