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Music without instruments. Whole scores performed just by the human voice.

A Cappella singing has never been more alive and the A Cappella society holds open auditions for anyone who can hold a tune and wants to be a part of this extraordinary musical style. Their group, The Songsmiths, perform regularly in and around Leeds and compete nationally in the ICCAs every year. They also sold out their debut show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 and have gone on to sell out their show in 2021. 


The Songsmiths frequently perform around the University, all over Leeds and across the country at national and international competitions. We also performed a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year, which we are very keen to do every year from now on.

We have a musical director who leads us, arranges our music, and helps us be the best we can be. We also love it when other members of our choir arrange music and contribute their ideas too!


In the past we have performed at various balls and dinners, Union events, the Riley Smith and JCR Awards, the lippy magazine launch, charity events across Leeds, as well as performing at occasional parties and weddings. As a society we are active within the UK A Cappella community regularly competing in and attending events across the country. In 2018, the Songsmiths progressed to the National Semi-Finals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCAs). In 2019, the Songsmiths got the National Semi-Finals again and placed 3rd in the UK!

Like the sound of it?

Love the sound of A Cappella but worry you don’t have enough time to commit to competitions and regular gigs? Don’t worry! The society will be running ‘Give It a Go’s and regular workshops throughout the year. This will be a great opportunity to get a taste of what singing A Cappella is like, as well as a chance to meet all of our lovely current members.

2018 saw the first SNAC (Showcase of Northern A Cappella), which is now an annual event. Leeds Uni invited A Cappella groups from universities across the North to perform alongside The Songsmiths to create one huge night of all things A Cappella!

Getting involved

We run auditions at the start of each academic year for The Songsmiths and there will be another set of auditions taking place in January. We’ll be holding fun and free GIAGs throughout the year for you to see what being in an A Cappella group is really like!

Keep an eye on our social media for upcoming gigs and events – we can’t wait to see you there!

Keep in touch

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