Warwick A Cappella Society is a society for performing arranging and appreciating unaccompanied vocal music. It is a base for all a cappella groups to evolve and a point of convening to unite the new-found groups together. It is a platform for all a cappella lovers of the university to come together and appreciate a cappella music. No one should ever have to suppress their need to sing and make music, and this society aims for members to express their musical abilities freely!
We aim to be a platform for new a cappella groups, provide motivation for them to compete, and be an access point to the outside world. WACA will hold events, competitions, contact performance venues, and reach out to other universities – amplifying the voices of these groups. The society simply gives the opportunity for rehearsed groups to perform through a unified, recognised, established and professional society. Hopefully it will pave a way forward, into the future, leaving a legendary mark for Warwick University.
In early 2020 Warwick hosted the Open A Capella Competition (OAC) which provided groups from all across the country to gain competition experience outside the ICCAs. It was named society event of the year in Warwick SUs end of year awards. The OAC is potentially returning this academic year, so will provide a great a cappella experience close to home.
Warwick’s first a cappella group ‘The Leamingtones’, now under WACA, was the first step into the a cappella scene. They are an auditioned a cappella group who have performed at many events including the recent TEDx Warwick conference, open mic nights, the MTW showcase and even, at times, busking in the streets of Coventry and Leamington Spa. In the past, The Leamingtones have run some amazing socials including nights out to the well-loved POP!, Coventry’s Christmas Lights switch on, our annual Christmas Carolling, and attending various shows in the arts centre. This year we hope bounce back from a break during lockdown, and take the Leamingtones to the next level by competing in the ICCAs and the OAC.
Some examples of groups in past years include:
Our very own barbershop quartet "The Undercuts" sing all the classics. They are our smallest group, but that doesn't stop them from producing a rich ringing sound synonamous with the barbershop style. They competed in the OAC and held their own despite being half the size of the next smallest group.
The "Practical Folkers", formed in October 2019. They're a smaller group who sing folk songs, and stretch the definition of "folk songs". They've had a busy first year, recording several arrangements, performing in Warwick blackout, and competing alongside 9 other groups in the OAC just 5 months after forming. They continue to stay in touch despite most of them graduating, and release occasional recordings of new arrangements.
Our other new group is Athena, our all female group. Also formed at the start of last year, they made their debut Warwick blackout and have also sung at the WACA showcase.
Here is one member’s description of their experience in the Leamingtones…
‘Over the past few months the Leamingtones have become a significant part of my life at Warwick.
It is simply great to meet people with the same passion for singing every week and work hard for collective achievements such as new songs, choreos and great performances. Being on stage with this amazing bunch of talented people and seeing everyone having a fantastic time is one of the best feelings you can have as a musician and performer.
Although I have never done acappella before, the Leamingtones gave me the opportunity to flourish as a singer, progress with my own talent and discover new facets of singing in a group.
It’s great that every member can contribute by proposing new songs and preparing their own arrangements or choreos, creating a very inclusive atmosphere for creative talents.
But most importantly it is to mention that the Leamingtones were not only a place to evolve in terms of singing and music, but also to form meaningful friendships with amazing people. Those two terms with this lovely group were beyond sensational and I can’t wait for more exciting acappella-moments in the future.’ -Kathy