Posh boys join hip parade for charity

Out of the Blue outside the Radcliffe Camera

Out of the Blue outside the Radcliffe Camera

First published in News

WATCHING 15 Oxford students sway and sing on the steps of the Radcliffe Camera to Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie is not an everyday sight.

But student a cappella group Out of the Blue – who made it to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2011 – are set to raise smiles as well as money with their charity music video.

Their version of the Colombian singer’s 2005 hit song was released at the weekend to raise money for East Oxford hospice Helen & Douglas House.

St Anne’s College student Ollie Nicholls is one of the three soloists on the track, showcasing his impressive high-pitched voice.

He said: “For people who don’t know what we do, we’re a bunch of posh Oxford students in suits, so we wanted to do something a bit unexpected and fun.”

The 19-year-old English student said: “It was really, really fun filming the video.

“We had loads of tourists filming us on their cameras, which was weird.”

The music video already has more than 2,500 views on YouTube, and the song is on sale at online music store Band Camp, where people can name their own price, with all of the money going to Helen & Douglas House.

Fellow group member Marco Alessi said: “For the last eight years we have had a really close rapport with Helen & Douglas House.”

The group have already raised more than £35,000 for the hospice, which cares for children across Oxfordshire with life-shortening illnesses.

The 20-year-old Lincoln College student said: “We have left the price open for the single, so people can give what they want. Normally we charge £1 for a song and £10 for an album, but so far the average people have donated is £6.

“It’s really hard to tell how this will take off, but if we could make £1,000 that would be incredible.”

Clare Edwards, deputy CEO of Helen & Douglas House, said: “We are continually amazed and appreciative of Out of the Blue’s support.

“This single is fun, clever and upbeat – like the group – and we hope people will download it and enjoy not only the great music, but knowing that they are helping us provide care for children, young adults and their families.”

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Our top stories

Update: Police name Jed Allen as man they are hunting following triple murder in Didcot + new video

Oxford Mail:

8:11am Sunday 24th May 2015

POLICE are today hunting for a 21-year-old man called Jed Allen following the murder of three people in Didcot.

The Rifles march through Oxford for first time after getting Freedom of the City

Oxford Mail:

10:39am Sunday 24th May 2015

INFANTRYMEN of The Rifles regiment are marching through Oxford this morning for the first time.

FOOTBALL: Mike Ford is relishing challenge after taking over as Banbury United boss

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Former Oxford United captain Mike Ford is relishing a return to management with Banbury United, after spending more than a year out of the game.

Jury told fire started because businessman thought best man was having affair with wife

Oxford Mail:

8:29am Friday 22nd May 2015

A HOUSE fire that forced people to jump for their lives was started by a businessman who accused his best man of having an affair with his wife, a jury heard.

UPDATE: Missing woman Rachel Selby from Banbury found safe

Oxford Mail:

3:16pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A WOMAN who went missing from Banbury has been found, police said

Person hit by train between Slough and Reading likely to affect Oxford rail services to London

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

3:24pm Friday 22nd May 2015

TRAINS from Oxford could be disrupted after a person was hit by a train between Slough and Reading.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:24am Thu 24 Jul 14

Catzpoon says...

Well done to these talented entertainers though I dislike the tedious use of the word 'posh' by both them and your paper. If that is the Radcliffe Camera, then I'm a Dutchman! Does the Oxford Mail no longer employ editorial staff who actually know Oxford? It looks to me that they are cavorting in front of Magdalen College's New Building. Nou ja, maakt niet uit, I suppose.
Well done to these talented entertainers though I dislike the tedious use of the word 'posh' by both them and your paper. If that is the Radcliffe Camera, then I'm a Dutchman! Does the Oxford Mail no longer employ editorial staff who actually know Oxford? It looks to me that they are cavorting in front of Magdalen College's New Building. Nou ja, maakt niet uit, I suppose. Catzpoon
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree