King’s Ely all-boys a cappella group – King’s Barders – have triumphed at the 2018 National Youth a Cappella Competition.
The group, along with their founder and coach, Peter North, travelled to the University of Birmingham for the fiercely-contested event on April 14th and sang their way to victory.
They sang Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, Bastille’s Pompeii, Some Nights by Fun, and Ricky Martin’s La Vida Loca, all of which were specially arranged by Mr North. It was the second time that the King’s Barbers had qualified for the competition but this is the first time they have won; they were runners-up last year.
Mr North, who is also Head of Voice at King’s Ely, said: “The boys were a pleasure to be with and performed brilliantly in the competition. We took part in several workshops and also watched the University Final and Beat Box Sing Off. We had a good following of enthusiastic parents who were immensely proud of their sons. The judges described their performance as bold and the joy they have in their singing really shone through. The boys are overjoyed to have won and we couldn’t be more proud of them!”
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