About the Group
Illuminations is a contemporary mixed a cappella group from the University of Exeter. Originally formed in 2011, the group has flourished on campus and further afield! Generation 9 is made up of 16 members!
2017 was a particularly exciting year for us with new milestones being reached. In February we competed in the International Collegiate A Cappella Championship (ICCA), qualifying for the UK finals, held in London, for the first time in the group's history. On top of this, we released our first EP 'Illuminations', on Spotify and Apple Music. This was soon followed by our second EP 'Ignite'! Listen to all these tracks below!
You may have also caught Illuminations on Sky One's 'Sing: Ultimate A Cappella' in 2017 which was another fantastic opportunity for the group, and we were incredibly proud to make it as far in the show as we did, only narrowly missing out on the finals. It also presented us with the opportunity to share the stage with legend Gregory Porter, alongside several other incredible A Cappella groups!
In 2018 the group continued to flourish with a highlight of the year being the long-anticipated release of our first music video 'The Sound of Silence' in August. Plus, to kick off 2019, on New Year’s Day the group released their second music video ‘Genghis Khan/Sugar’ filmed in a nightclub in Exeter. Both Music Videos were such amazing and unique experiences so check them out on our YouTube channel!
Each year, the group also takes a show up to the Edinburgh Fringe festival, which is always a wonderful experience that is made even better by the sell-out shows the group has produced for two consecutive years. Our most recent Fringe Show ‘Minds Alight!’ was a little different to our previous shows as we donated all our profits to YoungMinds, a charity focussed on providing support and resources for young people suffering with mental health issues. We were so proud to support this charity and enjoyed producing another incredible show allowing us to support such a worthy cause.
This year we are very excited to once again compete in the ICCA, not to mention continue to put on shows in and around Exeter throughout the year. we also cannot wait to return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next summer with an entirely brand-new show and repertoire! Safe to say it is going to be another busy year, and we cannot wait to share with you everything we're working on!
We all simply love music, performing as a group and being together, with every one of us taking great pride in the work we create. Everything we produce is created by us, from the musical arrangements to the choreography, and every member plays a key role in all aspects of the group. Check out our songs below, head over to our events page, and stay tuned for more to come!