Semi-Toned were formed in 2010 as a five-man barbershop harmony group at a university which doesn’t teach academic music. Six years on and the group is now at the forefront of a cappella in the UK.
The group, based at Exeter University in the South West of England is now fourteen men strong and in April 2015 earned the title of national champions, having won the Voice Festival UK. Praised for their creativity, uniqueness and vocal acrobatics the group embraces music of a variety of genres to ensure there really is something for everyone in any of their shows. Recent audiences have been wowed by klezmer versions of Gwen Stefani, unlikely mash-ups of Jay-Z and Game of Thrones and the Macarena acted out in the form of an encounter in an Ibiza club in 1996, all, of course, performed in the group’s trademark witty and engaging style.
The group have been the subject of some high profile attention in recent years: having supported Beverley Knight and being featured on pop sensation Olly Murs’ UK-wide tour in 2015, all alongside the release of their highly acclaimed and delightfully charming music video, ‘Rich Man’ which quickly became a viral hit. They have built a reputation for their high-quality music videos, such as Beyonce’s ‘7/11‘ and their Christmas Charity Single ‘A Very Semi-Toned Christmas’.
In their downtime Semi-Toned tour extensively, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe every year and have received excellent critical reception for their shows including The ‘Exe-Men’, ‘Game of Tones’ and ‘Toned Up’. The latter winning the highly coveted Bobby Award, which is reserved for the highest-rated shows of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The group returned to the Fringe in August 2016 with their critically acclaimed show – ‘Semi-Toned Presents: Sing Theory’.
The group toured the East Coast of the United States in 2015 with shows in New York City, Boston, Washington D.C and New Haven (CT). Semi-Toned returned in Spring 2016 to the East Coast, selling out shows from Florida up to New York. In 2017, they will tour the midwestern and western states of the USA for three weeks.
In November and December 2016, Semi-Toned competed in Gareth Malone’s new TV show on BBC2 called The Choir: Gareth’s Best in Britain. After battling it out to represent the South West, the group went on to win the competition with their arrangements of ‘Candle in the Wind‘ and ‘Anthem of Praise‘.
To book Semi-Toned, or if you would like to make an enquiry for a performance or interview, please contact the group at [email protected]
Here is a list of Semi-Toned’s Current Repertoire