The Voice Festival UK
|Voice Festival UK (VF-UK)|
A rough outline of the VF-UK competition regions
The Voice Festival UK (VF-UK) is the only UK-wide festival which celebrates the art of unaccompanied singing. As the map suggests, though, only Scotland and England have regional selections.
The Festival's central purpose is to increase the awareness and popularity of the a cappella art form in the UK, and to support the development of the existing UK a cappella scene, by recruiting and encouraging new participants, developing new audiences, supporting and educating existing participants and building UK A Cappella Communities.
Founded in 2008, the Voice Festival UK comprises a series of workshops, masterclasses, concerts, competitions and networking events open to school and university students, as well as community singers. The programme of events takes place across the year, including an annual Festival in February and March each year.
From 2009 to 2010, there were three regional rounds of the Festival, held in Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews (the UK's top University Towns). In 2011, two new regional rounds were added in London and Birmingham due to the increasing popularity of the event. The competition structure at University level is identical to that of the ICCAs, and similar but less extensive at the Youth level; less groups meaning almost automatic qualification for the finals.
On three occasions, the winners of the annual university competition have been invited to perform at the ICCA final in New York. In 2009, Out of the Blue came second in the finals, meaning they were officially the second-best university group in the world. The 2010 winners, The Oxford Gargoyles, were unable to compete in the final in New York due to the University of Oxford's exam timetable. In 2011, Cadenza competed in New York but did not place.
 Past Results of the University Competition
|Year||Cambridge Regional||Oxford Regional||St Andrews Regional||Birmingham Regional||London Regional||Bristol Regional||Wildcard||Overall Winner|
The Oxford Alternotives
| Out of the Blue
The Oxford Belles
| The Other Guys
|Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not awarded||Out of the Blue|
The Fitz Sirens
| Out of the Blue
The Oxford Gargoyles
| The Alleycats
|Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Fitz Barbershop||The Oxford Gargoyles|
|2011||Cadenza||Out of the Blue||The Accidentals||Augmented Seven||All The King's Men||Not applicable||Not awarded||Cadenza|
|2012||Not applicable||Out of the Blue||The Other Guys||Sons of Pitches||All The King's Men||HotTUBBS||Not awarded||All The King's Men|
 Past Results of the Youth Competition
|Year||Outstanding Performance||Outstanding Arrangement||Outstanding Soloist||Outstanding Choreography||Outstanding Vocal Percussion||Outstanding Musicality||Overall Winner|
|2012||Highgate A Cappella Ensemble||James Tooze and Luke Child of Tudor Tunes for Coldplay Medley and Tudor Top Tunes
Jamie Powe of Highgate a cappella Ensemble for Lullabye
|Anmol Patel of AcaBelles for ‘Love the way you lie / Dynamite / Teenage Dream
Tim Lloyd Davies of The Mill Hill School The Kwokafellas for ‘Hey Ya’
|Not awarded||Tommy Monkhouse of Ultraviolets||Barline||AcaBelles|
|2013||The Gist||Oscar Darwin of The High Tones for ‘Too Close’
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Transcription + rearrangement by Alex Porteous of ‘The Gist’ for Aladdin Medley.
|Beth Chalmers of the High Tones for ‘Too Close’.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Wellingtones
|Anmol Patel and Dannie Harris of The Acabelles||Not awarded||Not awarded||The Wellingtones|
- ICCA Past Results Retrieved 12 July 2011
- "A history of the Gargoyles". Oxford University. http://users.ox.ac.uk/~goyles/history/. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
- Voice Festival UK Past Results Retrieved 12 July 2011
- "Cadenza wins Voice Festival UK 2011 competition". SingACappella.org. 18 March 2011. http://singacappella.org/component/content/article/1-latest-news/656-voice-festival-2011. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
- Voice Festival UK Youth Results Retrieved 24 December 2013