What is Acapalooza?

Acapalooza was a week long festival of events involving a capella music, presented by Royal Holloway’s own a capella choir, Absolute Harmony (that’s us)! The festival ran from the 18th to the 25th of January, 2015, and taking place in multiple venues across campus, the festival packed in plenty of a capella goodness in the form of activities, socials, concerts, workshops, flash mobs and more!

Check out the calendar below for more information about all the things we got up to, as well as checking out our YouTube channel over at AbHarm to see some videos from the big concerts we held at the end of the week!

Calendar of Events

Sunday

18 JAN

2015

8pm–10pm

Lip Sync Launch Night | Medicine

We’re kicking off the week of a capella festivities with everything that isn’t a cappella! With the backing track doing the vocal work, you can go wild with a lip synced rendition of your favourite song.


Monday

19 JAN

2015

6pm–8pm

Open Rehearsal | Medicine

Fancy giving a capella singing a go? Come along to our open rehearsal where you will get to learn and sing a song as part of the choir.

Monday

19 JAN

2015

8pm–9pm

Performance at The Happy Man | The Happy Man

Come along for a drink with Absolute Harmony at The Happy Man in Englefield Green and we’ll entertain you with a few songs in the garden!


Tuesday

20 JAN

2015

7pm

A capella Film Night | Art’s Lecture Theatre 1

No, we won’t be playing a film without the backing track… but we will be singing along to any and all songs we know! Come join us for an a capella themed film night on Tuesday!


Wednesday

21 JAN

2015

3pm

Sing Along Surrey | Schrouder Court

We’ll be spreading the joy of a capella singing to the local community with a small performance and sing-a-long at the local Elderly Care Home!

Wednesday

21 JAN

2015

6pm

Singing For Success | Art’s Building S21

Sing For Success! A seminar and lecture to help you get the most out of singing for a choir. We’ll be having a tailored talk to help singers refine their CV and enhance your careers with all the great things you learn from being a part of a choral group.

Wednesday

21 JAN

2015

7pm

King’s Singer’s Concert | Windsor Auditorium

The King’s Singers are putting on a fantastic concert during Acapalooza week, so get online and book your tickets for that if you want to come along! This is not to be missed for any a capella lovers, and certainly a must see for everyone else as well.


Thursday

22 JAN

2015

8pm

Open Mic Night | Crosslands

Show off your singing and playing ability at our Acapalooza Open Mic Night in Crosslands on Thursday! You don’t have to perform a capella, just get a couple songs and pieces together and come play for us!


Friday

23 JAN

2015

Time TBC

Insanity Radio Performance | On Air

Tune in to Insanity Radio 103.2 FM for some live singing from Absolute Harmony broadcasting across campus and in the local area!

Friday

23 JAN

2015

Afternoon

School’s Workshops | Local Schools

We’ll be taking our a capella goodness to the classroom with a couple of workshops involving young children at local schools. After great success with this last year, we want to teach more kids to sing a capella, and have a laugh whilst doing it!


Saturday

24 JAN

2015

9am–4pm

A capella Workshops | Wettons Annexe Room 2

We’ll be running a variety of workshops covering everything from conducting, to singing in the choir, writing arrangements to beatboxing and scat singing! There will be limited spaces so sign your name up fast if you want to secure a space.

Saturday

24 JAN

2015

7pm

Royal Holloway Unplugged | Boilerhouse

We’ve asked loads of performing societies at Royal Holloway to try their set with a twist: no backing track or music—this goes for the dancers as well as the singers! It’ll be something a little different so don’t miss out on it!

Saturday

24 JAN

2015

10pm

Antidote Purple Party | Medicine

Dance the night away with Absolute Harmony at Medicine’s weekly Antidote club night! This Saturday will be Purple Party theme, just for us, so whack out your purple tights, tops, ties and socks and have a laugh kick back with our signature Purple Cocktail in Medicine and Stumble Inn!


Sunday

25 JAN

2015

7pm

Acapalooza Concert | Boilerhouse

To finish off a busy and exciting week we’re putting on a big a capella concert. Absolute Harmony will be singing along with some of our a capella friends from London and around Surrey, so come down to the Boilerhouse for a fantastic closing night of a capella singing!

Acapalooza on YouTube

Check out the wonderful videos from the Big Acapalooza Concert held on Sunday the 25th January and filmed by RhubarbTV! This concert featured loads of Absolute Harmony as well as special guests The Scopes from Imperial College London!

Acapalooza on Facebook

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Get involved with Acapalooza

The festival is over! You can see some of the performances above or on our YouTube Chanel. If you want to find out about other things going on with Absolute Harmony, head over to our Facebook page to find out what’s coming up soon on campus or off!

Acapalooza for Charity

We didn’t just put on this festival for the fun of it! Of course, we love to sing and gladly take up all opportunities to do so, but during Acapalooza we also supported Voces8 and their very own charity, a charity aimed at providing free workshops for children and students at their Gresham Centre in London. Voces8 work in collaboration with the Diocese of London to provide music education and promote music learning and singing across London and the UK.