The Oxford Gargoyles Hong Kong-Macau Tour 2014

Project by : The Oxford Gargoyles

100%

funded

US$4,193

backed of US$4,157 goal

Funded

on 23 April 2014

Launched: 7 Feb 2014

Funding ends: 23 Apr 2014

FRINGEBACKER ANNOUNCEMENT:

Due to the popularity of The Oxford Gargoyles' concerts in Hong Kong and Macau, the revenue generated from the ticket sales on their tour exceeded expectations. Further to this, the group's fundraising need has reduced slightly from £4,000 to £3,200. For more details, please refer to the project update of April 17, 2014.

Support Oxford University's esteemed jazz a cappella group, The Oxford Gargoyles, as they embark on their debut tour to Hong Kong and Macau. Your help makes this unprecedented cultural exchange trip possible, plus you will receive personalised memorabilia from the group on this action-packed tour.


OUR STORY

Formed in 1998, the Oxford Gargoyles are Oxford University’s premier jazz a cappella group, combining energy and flair with sheer vocal virtuosity. Having performed alongside world famous acts, including The Real Group and The Swingle Singers, as well as running a consistently successful show for eight years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Gargoyles have developed an outstanding reputation, both in the UK and abroad.

This year, the Gargoyles will embark on a never-before-attempted tour to Hong Kong and Macau, and bring our special mix of British jazz a cappella to tens of thousands of new listeners. To make this possible, the group is launching its first ever crowdfunding campaign, and with this the Gargoyles hope to engage fans from all over the world and let them be involved in this amazing opportunity. We have endeavored to make the rewards reflect how much we appreciate and care about our supporters, and we hope they will be exciting to people all over the world interested in promoting music, education and cultural exchange.



WHY BACK US?

2014 is the year that we have decided to ‘Straighten Up And Fly Right’ (or East, at least) and marks our inaugural tour to this region of the world - a cultural exchange that will allow many of us to diversify our experiences, whilst forming stronger connections with the alumni of Oxford University, and spreading our infectious 'L-O-V-E' for music and performance to students across Hong Kong and Macau. President of the group, Emma Fox, describes what the group means to her:

"Since joining Worcester College, Oxford as a choral scholar in 2012, much of my time at Oxford has revolved around music. Whilst I satisfy my taste for classical composers during the hours spent with Worcester College Chapel Choir, The Oxford Gargoyles allows for an altogether different musical experience. A hugely varied repertoire, which is constantly growing, creates new skills (such as beatboxing or scatting) and the time and energy spent perfecting each individual piece is reflected in the ability to convey such depth of expression in the music, whilst remaining pitch-perfect and technically sound. Each individual Gargoyle has something extra to contribute, which produces such a unique flavor and changes each year as members come and go. The size of the group allows for a real connection between each of the members, which translates beautifully into seamless, captivating performances. The opportunity to visit Hong Kong is one of huge excitement for me."

To make this tour possible, we need funding to contribute towards the cost of flights, accommodation, and in-country transport for the group, and have worked hard to minimise costs in every area. We hope that this will ensure the highest possible impact for each performance and a lasting positive legacy. To build excitement, we will be sharing our publicity and merchandise materials with all who support us, and we will also be doing our best to document our tour, with photos and videos that will be released on a Hong Kong-Macau Tour DVD for fans and alumni alike.

This year’s tour manager, and international student from Hong Kong, Sam Galler, describes his experience in the Oxford Gargoyles:

"Without the Gargoyles, I could never have felt at home at Oxford. The incredible community fostered in the Gargoyles has truly allowed me to gain perspective into the life of a real Oxford student, and through our shared dedication to music, I have learned invaluable life lessons from my peers in the group. I really think that this year marks a real high-point for the group building on a few, very successful recent years. I know I speak on behalf of everyone when I say we could not be more excited to leave the runway on 19 March and embark on this once-in-a-lifetime experience."

We are confident that this tour will build lasting relationships between the group and people in Hong Kong and Macau, including students, Oxford alumni, professionals, music fans, and local audience members. Please join us and support this unique opportunity for unprecedented travel, exchange, and exciting musical adventure!



OUR TOUR SCHEDULE

Our packed performance schedule includes shows at the world-renowned Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, Oxford University’s Asia Weekend, and three nights at the Hong Kong Fringe Club. In addition to these events, we will be singing in several exclusive appearances at Backstage Live Restaurant, Grappa’s Cellar, and the Foreign Correspondents' Club. During the week, we will also be performing and leading workshops and masterclasses at eight schools in Hong Kong (local and international), and singing at a charity concert benefiting the Hong Kong Young Artists Association. We also have been invited to sing public performances at the Peak Galleria Mall and the MTR Central-Hong Kong Station. Additionally, we will be featured on Radio Television Hong Kong to publicise the tour and share our music via live broadcast. In Macau, the group will sing for two schools, and will also put on a concert at the historic UNESCO World Heritage site, the Teatro Dom Pedro V.



ABOUT THE GARGOYLES

With humble beginnings as a small group of people with a passion for jazz, The Oxford Gargoyles have grown from a small crowd with a shared vision (and an overwhelming desire to 'Sing, Sing, Sing'), into one of the UK’s most recognised a cappella groups after becoming the Open Category winners of the BBC’s Choir Of The Year competition. Along the way, The Oxford Gargoyles have been ‘Here, There and Everywhere’, winning The Voice Festival UK, appearing on the NBC Today Show, competing in the finals of the International Championships of Collegiate A Cappella in ‘New York, New York’, and performing on the BBC’s nationally broadcast show, ‘Flog It’.




REVIEWS OF THE OXFORD GARGOYLES

"Delectably light-voiced, well blended style...Charm personified."
Richard Morrison, The Times (2011)

"Scintillating harmonies, swinging rhythms and superb showmanship."
Craig Revel Horwood, BBC Strictly Come Dancing judge (2012)

"Everything about this show was perfect...It was a masterclass in how to use the human voice."
Fresh Air (2011)

"The Oxford Gargoyles’ sell-out performance offers the perfect a cappella experience; blending pitch perfect harmonies with a minor comedic undercurrent to ensure all types of fans are catered to."
Edfestmag.com (2013)

"The Oxford Gargoyles are a delight... great harmonies, great stage presence, great variety of material and great to work with."
Alan Steadman, award-winning jazz broadcaster and promoter (2012)

"With their perfect harmonies, timing and movement, the Gargoyles are the stand out a cappella group on the Fringe this year."
Fringe Review (2011)



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To learn more about The Oxford Gargoyles please visit: www.theoxfordgargoyles.com



LISTEN TO US

i) Audio Recordings:

Dancing in the Moonlight

Mr Bojangles

Love Me or Leave Me


ii) Videos:

If I Ain't Got You
You've Got a Friend in Me
Dancing in the Moonlight
My Baby Just Cares for Me
Orange Coloured Sky



REWARDS: TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The rewards are structured cumulatively
  • For the rewards marked with two asterisks (**) – in the case you will not be available or in Hong Kong, you can choose for these items to be donated via raffle to local students attending our workshops and school performances.
  • When backing the project, please indicate in the comments section when relevant: t-shirt size (XS, S, M, L, XL), CD choice (Musical Statues and/ or Up The Scale) and any preferences about donating rewards to local students.
  • Other than the rewards applicable during the tour period, expected delivery date for all the rewards is May 2014.



FEATURED REWARDS

i) The Oxford Gargoyles CDs

Musical Statues (2013)
  1. Mas Que Nada
  2. Dream a Little Dream of Me
  3. Cruella De Vil
  4. How High the Moon/ Ornithology
  5. Round Midnight
  6. Twentysomething
  7. L-O-V-E/Bring Me Sunshine
  8. Happy Together
  9. And So It Goes
Up The Scale (2012)
  1. The Chicken
  2. Orange Coloured Sky
  3. Fields of Gold
  4. You’ve Got a Friend in Me
  5. Over the Rainbow
  6. Dancing in the Moonlight
  7. Mr Bojangles
  8. It Don’t Mean a Thing
  9. My Baby Just Cares for Me (LIVE)
  10. Sh-Boom (LIVE)
  11. Summertime (LIVE)
  12. Revelation (LIVE)

ii) Silver, Gold and Platinum Sponsors: have one song dedicated to you or a loved one at a Fringe Club performance of your choice

iii) Platinum Sponsors are invited to private tram party with The Oxford Gargoyles and 10-12 friends through HK island

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£8

(approximately US$11*)

  • Postcard from HK signed by the whole group with a unique story from tour

23 Available

2 Backers

£20

(approximately US$26*)

  • 1 x Gargoyles CD** [Musical Statues (2013) or Up The Scale (2012)]
  • Plus all of the above

Including cost of delivery

21 Available

4 Backers

£40

(approximately US$52*)

  • 1 x Gargoyles CD for the backer [Musical Statues (2013) or Up The Scale (2012)] and a second CD to be donated to a local school student during one our schools performances
  • Plus all of the above

Including cost of delivery

24 Available

1 Backer

£67

(approximately US$88*)

  • Limited Edition "Oxford Gargoyles at City Hall" concert poster** from the tour
  • Plus all of the above

Including cost of delivery

23 Available

2 Backers

£98

(approximately US$128*)

  • Limited Edition Gargoyles Hong Kong / Macau Tour T-shirt AND 1 ticket** to Hong Kong City Hall concert
  • Plus all of the above

Including cost of delivery

No Longer Available

2 Backers

£190

(approximately US$247*)

  • 2 x VIP tickets** to Hong Kong City Hall concert
  • Plus all of the above

Including cost of delivery

No Longer Available

0 Backers

£280

(approximately US$364*)

  • Bronze Sponsor: programme recognition, poster (above) will be signed by the entire group
  • Plus all of the above

Including cost of delivery

5 Available

0 Backers

£580

(approximately US$754*)

  • Silver Sponsor: one song dedicated to you or a loved one at a Fringe Club performance of your choice, extra pair of VIP tickets to City Hall concert
  • Plus all of the above

Including cost of delivery

3 Available

0 Backers

£1,280

(approximately US$1,663*)

  • Gold Sponsor: YouTube Video from the Gargoyles with a song of thanks dedicated specifically to you, one pair of Golden Tickets (free admission to Backstage Live, Grappa’s Cellar City Hall, and Fringe Club Performances)
  • Plus all of the above

Including cost of delivery

1 Available

0 Backers

£2,880

(approximately US$3,741*)

  • Platinum Sponsor: private tram party with 10-12 friends through HK island, all of the merchandise (CDs, poster, and shirt) will be signed by the entire group, 2 backstage passes to meet the group at Hong Kong City Hall Performance, plus recognition on the official Gargoyles Facebook Page, one 20-minute chat with a member of the group on the secrets of how to run an a cappella group
  • Plus all of the above

Including cost of delivery

1 Available

0 Backers

Contribute any amount

  • We welcome any pledge amount. Thank you for supporting the project without any rewards.

13 Backers