UK A Cappella Takes home the trophy at Pitch Perfect Showdown
The Techtonics, from Imperial College London, have become the first British group to win the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). The thirteen Londoners competed against nine of the USA’s finest groups, winning the competition on which the smash hit Pitch Perfect films were based. What is more, they managed to do it with a completely British set comprised of songs by The Beatles, Sam Smith and Queen.
The group was founded in 2008 and is made up of entirely science and engineering students at Imperial College. Despite their victory, the lads say they won’t be giving up their usual busking spot on Portobello Road, where they are a common sight on Saturday mornings, anytime soon. The competition is the biggest of its kind in the world, and has historically been won by the big dogs of the USA college scene, who boast strong alumni networks and sometimes even group frat houses!
Arran Bayliss-Chalmers (front-Centre), ex Latymer student, is the group’s President. Arran left Latymer in 2014 and had this to say about his experience: “I think it’s quite amazing that a group of scientists have made such a revolutionary step in the A Cappella scene. Compared to American groups who even have this competition as a credited module in high school, we’re far less exposed over in the UK so it was a massive shock to us to be even placed, let alone come first. It really does say that musicians can flourish whatever they do at university. Who says scientists can’t sing?”
Having participated in Latymer music concerts since year 7, Arran believes that without the grounding he got while performing at school, he would never have got an opportunity like this. He hopes to stay with both music and science for the foreseeable future and can’t wait to see what the next generation of Techtonics will bring to the group.
We wish him and his group every possible success.