Rais­ing voices in bid for suc­cess

Ger­rards Cross stu­dent among those hop­ing to win chance to record in Abbey Road Stu­dios in tele­vi­sion a cap­pella show

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A stu­dent from Ger­rards Cross is part of an a cap­pella group bat­tling on a prime­time TV show to get the chance to record an al­bum at the fa­mous Abbey Road stu­dios.

Phil Ge­orge, from Ger­rards Cross, is a mem­ber of Il­lu­mi­na­tions, who are tak­ing part in a new Sky One pro­gramme to find out the coun­try’s best vo­cal group.

If suc­cess­ful they could also get the chance to re­lease a Christ­mas sin­gle.

Sing: Ul­ti­mate A Cap­pella is de­signed to test the power and ver­sa­til­ity of the hu­man voice, with 30 groups us­ing beat­box­ing, har­monies, chore­og­ra­phy and more to per- form songs by artists from David Bowie to the Back­street Boys.

The se­ries, hosted by Cat Dee­ley, was recorded in a Lon­don the­atre and is on Fri­day evenings on Sky One. It is billed as the UK’s first vo­cals-only en­ter­tain­ment com­pe­ti­tion with no back­ing tracks and no in­stru­ments.

The Il­lu­mi­na­tions, all Uni­ver­sity of Ex­eter stu­dents, has 14 mem­bers and are known for their amaz­ing sound ef­fects, in­clud­ing beat­box­ing, an­i­mal noises and sirens. They reg­u­larly per­form in Ex­eter city cen­tre and have only been com­pet­ing in a cap­pella com­pe­ti­tions for the past two years. This year they qual­i­fied for the semi-fi­nals of the In­ter­na­tional Col­le­giate A Cap­pella Cham­pi­onship (ICCAs). They per­form on the pro­gramme to­mor­row (Fri­day).

Dur­ing each episode of Sing: Ul­ti­mate A Cap­pella the groups will be judged on their vo­cals, mu­si­cal­ity, in­ter­pre­ta­tion and per- for­mance. In round one each group will per­form a med­ley of two songs to im­press the judges, af­ter which one group will be elim­i­nated. The re­main­ing groups will then have to per­form a hit from a mu­si­cal icon, with two groups then be­ing knocked out of the com­pe­ti­tion. The two re­main- ing groups will then go head to head in the ‘Show­stop­per’ round. The vic­tors from each of the six heats will then be pit­ted against each other in the grand fi­nal.

Phil said: “Tak­ing part in the pro­gramme was to­tally sur­real, but it was one of the best ex­pe­ri­ences of my life.”

Phil Ge­orge from Ger­rards Cross is a mem­ber of the Uni­ver­sity of Ex­eter a cap­pella group Il­lu­mi­na­tions

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