image1-2In the Pink, one of Oxford’s longest running all-female a cappella groups, is returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year and is making use of Somerville’s excellent crowdfunding platform to fundraise for its show.

In the Pink has had an exciting year! Along with regularly performing at events in Oxford and elsewhere, we promoted our clear focus on “girl power” in the finals of the prestigious Voice Festival UK, and teamed up with – and even wrote an original song for – Oxford Against Cutting, a charity that determinedly tackles female genital mutilation in and around the city. Most recently, we recorded a new music video (watch it here!), which not only showcases our love of performing together, but is also a tribute to the music and magic that – much like in Hogwarts – can be discovered in student life at Oxford.

In addition to showing off our sass, wit, and fondness of Harry Potter, our music video offers a sneak peak into our upcoming show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, entitled “Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them.” We are incredibly excited and honoured to take the stage alongside many of the finest a cappella groups in the UK and share our repertoire – featuring our own arrangements and choreography – with a larger audience from August 14 to 19. After months of diligent preparation, we have grown more and more confident as singers and performers, and cannot wait for our spectators to hear our fantastic blend and powerful solos.

Thanks to Somerville College’s crowdfunding platform, we have been able to introduce our Edinburgh concept and have received an outpouring of support from a cappella fans, without which we would be unable to cover the costs of running our show. I am happy to announce that, with just under 5 days to go, our project is already more than 63% funded, which never would have been possible without Somerville’s exceptional student resources. We are very grateful for Somerville’s help, and are looking forward to seeing what the final week of our fundraiser brings!

If you are curious about In the Pink, please take a look at our YouTube channel, Facebook page, and website, or read more about our Edinburgh show on our crowdfunding page.

Helena Ord (M.St. Modern Languages, 2017)

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