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Alvarium A Cappella goes to the ICCAs

A project by: Carla Florian


WE RAISED £1,520

from 27 donors

This project received pledges on Sun 02 Feb 2020
Get your university on the international map of collegiate a cappella!

We are raising £1,420 to compete in the quarterfinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) this year, which will get Manchester a cappella on the global map of university a cappella! 


Alvarium is the competition group of The University of Manchester's A Cappella Society. We are part of a wider group of students who are passionate about a cappella and representing our University.

Our manager, Carla Florian, and musical director, Maurits Bekkers, along with the rest of the group would love to have the opportunity to compete in the ICCAs.

Our story

Alvarium has gone from strength to strength since its creation, originally under the name of Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them, in 2016. Donors to The University of Manchester helped us a lot during the last two year: in 2018 they helped us get to the finals of The Voice Festival UK, a national a cappella competition, and in 2019 we had the chance to perform at the ICCA quarter finals. This year, we have successfully auditioned for the ICCAs again, and we have the chance to once again perform at the quarter finals!

As part of the wider University of Manchester A Cappella Society, Alvarium would love to represent The University of Manchester at the ICCAs in February 2019. We are extremely excited to be considered alongside some of the most successful groups in the country.

Our committee and our team are all passionate about music and singing- we put a lot of time and effort into the group. This semester, we have been busking in Manchester city centre, participated in a Northern A Cappella Showcase in Leeds and participated in our own society’s winter show, as well as submitting our audition video to the ICCAs. Since coming back from the ICCAs at the beginning of this year we have also organised two independent music shows in Manchester, which have been more than well received by our audience here in the city. We would love to get to London for the ICCAs this year as we would love the chance to show off the talent and dedication that Manchester A Cappella has! If we manage to do this, the hard work that our group has put in will have paid off, and will undoubtedly bring our members much closer together.

We hope that our potential donors will help us get to the ICCAs by funding our travel costs to get there as well as the travel costs to get around London for two days. If we are successful at the quarterfinals, we would get through to the UK finals, giving us the chance to compete against some of the best a cappella groups in the country. Your donation will enable us to represent The University of Manchester on this stage!

Where will the money go?

This year we have been lucky enough to be able to use our member's houses around London as our accommodation during the competition weekend. However, since London is such a big city, the costs of getting to the centre from outside London will be extremely high. 

If we meet our minimum, we'll spend the funding on train tickets to London for 16 people, which have been estimated at £800. The additional £200 would go towards renting a studio for our last rehearsal on the day before the competition.

If we hit our full target, we will use the additional money towards the travelling costs around London (from our accommodation to the competition venue), which have been estimated at at least £420 for 16 people.

If things really take off and we raise more than our target, then we will use the extra funds to reimburse members for the costumes that we plan to wear for the competition performance and for subsistence costs whilst in London.

Our Facebook and Instagram are both active social media accounts (links below). Throughout our crowdfunding campaign, our Facebook page will keep you updated on our progress. We will post Instagram stories throughout the competition weekend,updating our donors on our activities and the ways in which they have helped us.


We have some awesome rewards available for those of you who chose to sponsor us. Check them out on the 'rewards' section of this page.

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Follow our social media accounts here to keep up to date with our crowdfunding progress and with all of our events, including our upcoming trip to the ICCAs.



Help us succeed!

We really appreciate you reading about our project. 

If you can't donate, there are other ways to help us succeed. Please share our page with whoever you can – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on our blog – the more people know about it, the more likely we are to make this work.

Please sponsor us now to help us get to the ICCAs - we would all be extremely grateful for your support.