“Out of the Blue” Gives Rousing Performance

The spring term at Westminster got off to an upbeat start with a March 24 performance by “Out of the Blue,” Oxford’s internationally acclaimed a cappella group, which gave a rousing performance for the school community in Werner Centennial Center.

Members of the group are undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of fields at Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University. They are on a tour of the East Coast.

The group’s visit to Westminster was sponsored in part by former Westminster history teacher Richard Batchelder P’16, who introduced the group. “It is great to be back here at Westminster,” he said. “I have the great privilege of helping sponsor the tour of ‘Out of the Blue.’”

The concert included 10 songs — ranging from “Never Too Much” to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” to “How Deep is Your Love” to “California Gurls” — that brought enthusiastic applause from the students and faculty in the audience.

Following the concert, the group conducted a workshop in Andrews Memorial Chapel with members of Westminster’s Chorale. After beginning with stretching and warmup exercises, members of “Out of the Blue” taught members of Chorale the song “Levitating” by Dua Lipa. They broke into groups to rehearse various parts and then reassembled to sing a fun-filled version together.

“Out of the Blue,” which was founded in 2000, has performed on the West End in London and on Broadway, reached the semifinals of “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2011 and toured around the world.

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