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What happened to the 2020 a cappella festivals?
We're sad to see that there will be no London a Cappella Festival in January 2020, no a cappella Spring fest in March and a return of the Voice Festival looks unlikely. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised? These events take a lot of organising and require a lot of work, often by volunteers who are increasingly in demand elsewhere. Still, it seems a shame that these excellent a cappella festivals have fallen by the wayside in 2020. They've been a great source of inspiration, learning and friendship and we would dearly like to see them continue in 2021 and beyond. At least the Swingles and Kings Singers are holding two significant concerts on last weekend of January when the London A Cappella Festival would normally run. You can find out more details about this here and here ..
What happened to the 2020 a cappella festivals?
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Aquapella's Edinburgh show now at Youtube
Bath's Aquapella got rave reviews for the Edinburgh show back in the Summer of 2019. You can now watch the whole thing here and judge for yourself: youtu.be/jukGUT21a9U . We think it's brilliant!
Aquapella's Edinburgh show now at Youtube
Oxford Belles nominated for prestigious video award
Huge congratulations to the Oxford Belles who are flying the flag for the UK. Their fabulous version of Fifth Harmony's "That's My Girl" is the sole UK entry in CASA's a cappella video awards, which honour videos which evoke "a true soul-stirring response that leaves you breathless and emotional". The results will be out in April 2020 and we wish the Belles all the best of luck. If you'd like to see the nominated video - you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoWhsDcJY_c
Oxford Belles nominated for prestigious video award
UK ICCA line-up for 2020 announced
The 24th International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella will kick of once again with groups vying to win the prestigious event in New York in April 2020. This has become the main focus of competition in the UK and heats will run through January and February to identify the best group to fly to New York for the glittering final.
UK ICCA line-up for 2020 announced

Some favourite videos

Sons of Pitches - History of Childen's TV 6:34
The Swingles - Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac a cappella cover) 3:09
In the Smoke - 58 Song Disney Mash-up 3:36
Kitsch in Sync - Tainted Love 2:50
Academix - Live at the Brandenburg 5:15
Sing a Cappella! - Ben Parry / Garth Bardsley 2:36