I went to see The Caius Men and The Gonville Girls perform on 26th November 2016 at the Gonville and Caius College Chapel. This was very different from the rock concerts I have been to before. I went because my friend Evelyn Henderson-Child was part of the choir.
The Gonville Girls is an all-female a cappella group who sing a selection of popular and jazz numbers in sweet harmony. Their highlights over the last few years have included gigs at La Raza, Gonville & Caius Music Society recital series, Trinity May Ball, a 'riff-off' with the Sidney SusSex Pistols, and numerous other balls and garden parties. Their logo was designed by my friend Evie which I am very proud to say.
Caius Men were formed in September of 2013, and comprise the male choral scholars of the choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. The group specialises in unique arrangements of pop, jazz and close harmony tunes, as well as sacred music from the 13th to the 21st century.
At the recital I attended, they sang: Accentuate The Positive, I’m Yours, Pompeii, Stille Nacht, Frosty The Snowman, Away In The Manger, 12 Days Of Christmas/Africa, The Way You Look Tonight, I Say A Little Prayer, The Dock Of The Bay, That Man, Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend.
They were very creatively arranged and I was constantly engaged by the harmony. I was amazed by the way they needed no instruments to accompany them. My favourite song by the Caius men was 12 days of Christmas/Africa because it was really funny and witty how they combined many Christmas songs e.g. “on the second said of Christmas my true love sent to me.....Rudolph the red nose reindeer!”. My favourite piece by the Gonville Girls was “That Man”. I really liked the Alto and the riffs in between. I connected more with the Gonville Girls because of my friend Evie performing.
I would highly recommend booking them for any private functions or attending one of their recitals.