Semi-Toned is the University of Exeter’s all male a cappella sensation, as seen on BBC2 in ’The Choir: Gareth’s Best in Britain’ and Sky 1’s ’Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’. Founded in 2010, Semi-Toned has quickly become one of the leading forces in UK a cappella since its inception. In 2015, the boys in burgundy were crowned champions of 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, Semi-Toned are renowned not just for their musically tight performances but also for their inventive choreography and their trademark witty and engaging style.
The group has released a number of music videos, the first of which, ‘Rich Man’, quickly became a viral hit. They since built a large online following for their high-quality videos, such as Beyonce’s ‘7/11‘ and their Christmas Charity Single ‘A Very Semi-Toned Christmas’, which raised money for the Order of Malta Volunteers. As well as creating their own material, they are often appear with other artists too; the group has supported Beverley Knight, and was featured on Olly Murs’ UK-wide tour in 2015.
As well as singing and studying at Exeter, Semi-Toned tours 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 won the highly coveted Bobby Award, which is reserved for the highest-rated shows of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then, the group has returned to the Fringe every August with their critically acclaimed sell-out shows Sing Theory, Stay Tuned, Sidetracked, and most recently in 2019 Life on Mars, receiving several 5* reviews.
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. Semi-Toned returned in Spring 2016 to the East Coast, selling out shows from Florida up to New York. In 2017, their third USA tour took them across the Midwest and Western states, including Texas, California, Oregon, Nevada and Iowa. They returned to the East Coast once again in April 2018, and will be embarking on another East Coast tour in April 2020.
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‘. Semi-Toned made a further TV appearance in November 2017, reaching the final of Sing: Ultimate A Cappella on Sky One.
To date, the group has released three EPs which are available on iTunes, Spotify and all other streaming services. Their second EP, Sing Theory, gained a 4.7/5* rating from the Recorded A Cappella Review Board.
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