The Alternotives are Oxford University’s longest established A Cappella group, having formed in 1993 as an ALTERNATIVE to Chapel Choirs that dominated the university music scene at the time. Since then we have gone from strength to strength, performing on BBC 1 Saturday Night TV, touring the East Coast of America and establishing ourselves as Oxford’s premier mixed a cappella group, famous for our interesting arrangements, witty choreography, and award-winning performances. We perform a variety of genres, from RnB to disco, pop to soul, often putting an unfamiliar twist on familiar music. We sing at events of all shapes and sizes, including weddings, birthdays, balls, and everything in between. So why not give it a whirl and book us?

What’ve we’ve been up to…..

8th Consecutive Year at Edinburgh Fringe!


If you didn’t get a chance to see us at the Fringe then you will soon be able to find us on YouTube or if not, come and see us next year!

BBC 1’s Pitch Battle Appearance 

Programme Name: Pitch Battle - TX: n/a - Episode: Pitch Battle - Joe Jonas (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: The Oxford Alternotives - (C) Tuesday's Child - Photographer: Guy Levy

Programme Name: Pitch Battle – TX: n/a – Episode: Pitch Battle – Joe Jonas (No. n/a) – Picture Shows: The Oxford Alternotives – (C) Tuesday’s Child – Photographer: Guy Levy

We starred on Saturday Night television singing a Rihanna Mashup and doing an exciting Riff Battle. Watch our videos now: and



Why did we have to take a day out of our busy lives to take this photo? Stay tuned to find out what exciting project we have in store for you!


Hilary Concert

WE SOLD OUT! We made over £1000 which we can now use towards the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, so come check us out this August 4th-18th!


Aidan Quinlan







Sam NormanAidan and Sam are the newest addition to the Alts Family and they are joining up just for this term to help with an exciting new project we are working on











Check out our “Meet the Alts” page to find out more about him!

Christmas Music Video!

This Christmas we’ve been busy filming this years Alternotives music video to “God Only Knows” (beautifully arranged by our MD Hugh, Oscar and Alts alumni Bealo!) where we have re-enacted all your favourite scenes from Love Actually (#lovealtually). Special thanks to Rob Cross and Tony McHugh for doing the audio side of things. We’ve already got over 2000 views in 2 days, check out what you’re missing below!

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 

This August, we returned to the Edinburgh Fringe to perform for the 7th consecutive year. We had a hugely successful run, with over 2000 people coming to see us sing over 18 days. One of the highlights was being part of this surprise Pitch-Perfect-style proposal during one of our performances.


Whilst we were up in Scotland, we got the chance to film a new video, thanks to The Fairholme Sessions. Here’s our version of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’! How many superhero theme songs can you spot hidden in our introduction?