Out of the Blue is Oxford's premier all-male a cappella group, and the top a cappella group in the UK by number of championships. You may have seen us from our viral video hits, which have received 13 million views on YouTube! Comprising students from Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University, Out of the Blue has performed on the West End and on Broadway, reached the semifinals of Britain's Got Talent, and toured around the world to places including Switzerland, Canada, India, Hong Kong, and Japan.
Helen & Douglas House Hospice for Children and Young Adults is a registered hospice charity based in Oxford, UK, and the world's first children's hospice. They provide free palliative, respite, end-of-life, and bereavement care for children and young adults, and their families. However, they have to raise over 85% of the £5 million needed to run the two hospice houses via voluntary donations. This means they are almost entirely reliant on the goodwill of others.
Out of the Blue have proudly supported the charity for the last eight years, donating all of our annual profits to them after costs, and regularly visiting the hospice during term time to sing to the families and staff. The support provided there is astonishing and the optimistic tirelessness of all the staff leaves us in awe after every visit. It's a wonderful place and it holds a special place in all our hearts.
We have experience performing in intimate group settings, for stadiums of thousands, and with everything in between! Last year, we performed on Broadway, opened for Wyclef Jean and for Weird Al in Montreal, and put on the highest grossing non-professional show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe—the largest arts festival in the world. We are one of the UK's few groups to own a live sound system, allowing for proper outdoor concerts.
We also love sharing our music with students and adults alike by conducting workshops around the world. We invite participants to join in on our physical, breathing, and vocal warm-ups, conduct a beatboxing tutorial, and then teach them the music and choreography to one of our own songs. On days when we also have a concert that evening, we offer participants the chance to exercise those performance skills by inviting them onstage to perform the song with us!
Please write to our President, Ifan, if you'd like to book us for your event, or for workshops.