Anyone who knows anything about the music scene at Exeter, will be vaguely aware of the two biggest a cappella groups on campus, our answer to Pitch Perfect, the all male group Semi-Toned and the all female group Sweet Nothings.
With a friendly rivalry that has been going since the groups were founded, the groups have fought on stages such as the Voice Festival UK, the ICCAs (International Competition of Collegiate Acapella) and of course, EGB. However their latest stage is the television screen, both groups having applied to take part in Gareth Malone’s latest search for talent, The Choir: Gareth’s Best In Britain.
The preview for Monday’s episode chosen by the BBC, was of the two groups battling it out ‘Riff Off’ style, to the sing ‘…Baby One More Time’. Featuring some slick choreography, inordinate amounts of sass and the splits, the video was perfectly summed by Semi-Toned alumnus Jonathan Wood on Facebook who described the groups as ‘a credit to Exeter University and the awesome music that is going on across campus’.
In a statement written by the university, Sweet Nothings member Emily Labrum described the experience as ‘unforgettable…not least because singing in front of Gareth was nerve-wracking’ and current Semi-Toned member Henry Edwards praised the University and the Student Guild for their support.
Both incredibly talented groups have clearly represented their fellow students in the best way and the comments on the YouTube video have viewers torn as to who is the favourite to win. Which group wins the Riff Off and earns a spot on Gareth’s shortlist is yet to be discovered, however Tuesday evening is very close at hand and both groups have shown the country how much talent university students possess. Catch this week’s episode for a glimpse of the talent that the Exeter music scene has to offer.
Catch ‘The Choir: Gareth’s Best In Britain’ on BBC2 on Tuesday evenings at 9pm.