Oxford University Students’ Charity A Cappella Single Goes Viral

Out of the Blue

We don’t normally report on music videos, but it is Christmas, and this is all for a good cause.

Out of the Blue (OOTB) is Oxford’s all-male a cappella group, and this Christmas, they decided to do a cover of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You and donate the proceeds to a charity they are supporting. The video, which was uploaded on YouTube last Monday, 8 December, has received over 1.2 million views in just 10 days.

Filmed around Oxford landmarks such as the Bodleian Library, the beautiful Old Schools’ Quad and the Divinity School, the fun and addictive music video has received a fair amount of media attention.

The University of Oxford was a winner at the recent World Branding Forum-organised World Branding Awards, winning in the education category for the United Kingdom.

Helen & Douglas House is the world’s first children’s hospice; it provides much needed palliative, respite, end-of-life and bereavement care to life-limited children and young adults, and their families. The charity offers medically supported short breaks, specialist pain and symptom management and end-of-life care, as well as counselling and practical support for the whole family.

Children can stay at Helen House Hospice and young adults can stay at Douglas House Hospice, along with their families if they choose. They can also take part in activities and experience our range of holistic therapies, while their families relax and rediscover time for themselves.

It costs £5 million per year to run both hospice houses, and they receive less than 15% of this  from sources other than voluntary donations. Click here to make a donation.

The University of Oxford was a winner at the recent World Branding Forum-organised World Branding Awards, winning in the education category for the United Kingdom.

Out of the Blue’s new album, Soul Sisters, is available here, and you can download the charity single here.

CREDITS

Original Artist: Mariah Carey
Songs featured: All I Want for Christmas is You, Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Arrangement: Roshan Forouhi
Soloists: Charlie Strachan, Will Northcott, Ollie Nicholls, Jack Remmington, Huw Braithwaite, Johan Trovik, Joel Fishel, Domhnall Talbot, Roshan Forouhi, Ollie Ralph, Jack Trzcinski, Charlie Hicks, Deon Fang

Directors: Marco Alessi and Alvin Yu
Producer: Ksenia Harwood
Director of Photography: Jacob Sacks Jones
Video Editor: Dylan Holmes Williams
Assistant Camera: Suzy Shepherd
Runner: Cecilia Wright
Choreography: Isabella Ogilvie-Smith
Behind-the-scenes Photography: Romain Reglade

Audio Recording: Nick Moorbath of Evolution Studios
Audio Editing: Russell Kamp
Audio Mixing: Bill Hare