FourTunes member and Trinity Laban alumnus, Lucy Drever, tells us how.
On Monday 15 June, FourTune, an acapella quartet that myself and Georgi Mottram created at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, will be performing the biggest gig of our career so far. We are headlining our own concert at St John’s Smith Square, with very special guests Kerry Ellis (WICKED, We Will Rock You, Cats) and Dominic Anthony Ferris (The Piano Brothers). We are still pinching ourselves about the whole thing, and can’t quite believe that something that started in the courtyard outside the Faculty of Music has come this far.
Georgi and I, both singers in the Class of 2013, met during Freshers week. We instantly hit it off and decided to start our own singing group, FourTune. We got a couple of boys involved and raided the library for madrigals, then spent hours in the practice rooms, laughing, singing and mashing our favourite pop tracks up! It wasn’t long until we were offered our first gig through Trinity Laban’s Performance Department and since then, we haven’t looked back.
Six years has flown by – we’ve performed on Channel 4, done some filming for the BBC with Nick Grimshaw and featured on Classic FM’s Number 1 selling single, ‘Steadfast’. We’ve sung at the Edinburgh Fringe, London A Cappella Festival and held a contract with Freeview, as well as becoming regulars on the London function scene. Singing in some of London’s top venues including the Tate Modern, King’s Place and Greenwich’s own Old Royal Naval College Chapel has been such a privilege.
Last year, we received a call from Trinity Laban asking if we would like to support Russell Watson, Kerry Ellis and Rhydian at The Proms on the Thames and, of course, we jumped at the chance. Not only was the gig incredibly special because we were singing to 3,000 people right next to where we studied, but also because it’s where we met Kerry Ellis. She was so lovely and offered to help us out anytime but it was still a surprise when she said yes when our management (Noel Music Management) asked her to be our special guest!
Running your own group is very much like riding a rollercoaster, but with every member change (we now have the lovely Ben Allen Francis, Class of 2009, and Nathan Elcox singing with us), our brand and singing has only gotten stronger. We’re so excited about the gig and it would be lovely to see lots of TL faces there!
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Picture courtesy of FourTunes – left to right Lucy Drever, Georgi Mottram, Kerry Ellis, Ben Alyn Francis, Nathan Elcox and Dominic Anthony Ferris