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

Oxfordshire bid for record Poppy Appeal total to mark centenary of start of First World War

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

PEOPLE in Oxfordshire are being urged to help break the £500,000 barrier for the first time as this year’s Poppy Appeal is launched today.

Judge criticises "catastrophic" CPS after trial postponement

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

2:30pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A JUDGE has criticised a “catastrophic failure” by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which caused a trial to be put off until next year.

Hot-shot Danny Hylton on a high at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

DANNY Hylton thinks he is playing the best football of his career after a brace for Oxford United on Tuesday night made it ten goals for the season already.

Oxford's Lord Mayor gives ancient city walls the once-over

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

NOT crumbling too much and graffiti free: Oxford’s ancient city walls were given a clean bill of health in yesterday’s traditional inspection.

Hook Norton farm trailers stolen

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:40am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Food trailers were stolen from a Hook Norton farm over Tuesday night and yesterday morning.

More Oxfordshire churches ‘at risk’ says heritage group

Oxford Mail: DISTINCTIVE: The English Heritage flag will be flown most of the time

8:40am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Eight Oxfordshire churches have been added to English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk register.

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