Award-Winning Contemporary A Cappella
Founded in 1997 as a thirty-strong conducted Jazz ensemble, Cadenza became a smaller, close-harmony a cappella group in 2002. Since then, the group has had a number of critically acclaimed successes, winning the Voice Festival UK University Championships in 2011, and coming first in the Cambridge A Cappella Competition 2015.
Made up of students studying in Cambridge, Cadenza has become famed for their bombastic, beautiful arrangements and striking choreography, as well as a unique sense of humour and jaw-dropping mashups. Performing genre-spanning arrangements of their favourite tunes, they perform both in Cambridge and beyond throughout the year culminating in the best entertainment May Week has to offer.
Cadenza were Voice Festival UK Finalists in 2016, coming away with an award for Outstanding Musicality in the semi-finals, as well as the award for Outstanding Arrangement for their chilling version of Hide and Seek in the final. In the past year, the group released their debut single and music video, Thrill of the Uptown Freak, and reached the UK Semi-Finals of the prestigious ICCAs, placing them amongst the best a cappella groups the UK has to offer.
Cadenza gigs are never ones to be missed, with classics from every era, current chart hits, and ridiculous choreography; so come along!
"Simply Stunning"— The Tab
“Stellar” —The Cambridge Student
I’m Nick, President of Cadenza for 2017-18! I’m a postgrad doing a PGCE in History at Trinity College, which I balance with my professional dad-dancing career and being an all-round huge aca-nerd. Last year we brought Cadenza back to the forefront of the UK A Cappella scene, starting with a complete rebrand, a new single and our debut music video, and ending with us becoming ICCA Semifinalists! This year, we want to build on our successes and become a household name (in the niche households who follow university a cappella). But don't worry: our signature sweet harmonies, delectable dancing and insatiable silliness is going nowhere!
As well as our usual performances around Cambridge, we plan to return to compete at the ICCA's to try to challenge for the UK title, release an EP and go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! After the huge success of our sell-out concert with our American friends, the Vanderbilt Melodores back in 2016, we’re excited to announce that we’re starting very own annual Aca-Invite concert, and we hope to welcome one of the UK’s leading A Cappella groups to come and sing with us!