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The Oxford Commas - USA Tour!

A project by: The Oxford Commas


WE RAISED £6,375

from 51 donors

This project received pledges on Sun 12 Mar 2017
Help The Oxford Commas go on tour to the east coast of the USA!

OUR project

We need your help to go on tour to universities on the east coast of the USA!

Who are we?

We are the Oxford Commas, an all-male a cappella vocal group made up of students of the University of Oxford. We are a young group, but have gone from strength to strength since forming in 2014. Recent gigs have included a wedding in London, singing for George Takei, and many fun nights performing in colleges and other great venues around the city!

Why do we want to go on tour?

This tour is our chance to move forward as a group. A cappella is huge in American Universities. We will be performing in concerts at universities such as Harvard and Princeton alongside other groups from the universities. The strong links we develop with these groups will provide a great opportunity to enhance the brand of the Commas, and to invite these groups back to Oxford in years to come. The trip will also facilitate the musical development of the group. The fabulous concerts and collaborations will be an invaluable experience for us all, and of course, we want all this to be able to provide you with bigger and better a cappella performances in the years to come!

Meet the commas

We will be profiling each of our 12 members on social media over the course of the crowdfunding campaign, but to get started, here's the executive committee!

President - Jake Topping

Oxford 'Stats': 2nd Year Maths at Keble

From: Birmingham

Voice Part: Beatboxer/Baritone

Interesting Skill: Virtuoso kazoo playing and bad (but quick) jokes

Favourite Shower Song: Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke

Any 'about me' tidbits: I once broke my hand in a water fight

Most likely to be seen: Comfort eating in the library whilst tackling problem sheets or catching up on Commas admin

Tour Manager - Matt Maclay

Oxford 'Stats': 1st Year PPE at Somerville

From: South Bucks

Voice Part: Tenor 2

Interesting Skill: My painfully distinctive seal-like laugh that will make heads turn in any environment

Favourite Shower Song: Something John Mayer

Any 'about me' tidbits: I'm half deaf

Most likely to be seen: At Solomon's kebab van

Musical Director - Oscar Hansen

Oxford 'Stats': 2nd Year Music at Univ

From: Laaaandan Town

Voice Part: Bass/Baritone/Soprano, just about anything really

Interesting Skill: Able to say any word backwards instantly on request

Favourite Shower Song: Anything by Rick James

Any 'about me' tidbits: I'm a total music nerd and obsessed with all things Funk & Soul. Also cooking. Also acting.

Most likely to be seen: Improvising and/or singing at the piano late into the night, or otherwise avoiding that impending essay deadline...

Treasurer - Michael Mackley

Oxford 'Stats': 3rd Year DPhil Medical Sciences at St John's

From: Canada (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Voice Part: Tenor 2

Interesting Skill: Moose Wrangling

Favourite Shower Song: Anything Bieber.

Any 'about me' tidbits: Very good at chopping down wood and guzzling maple syrup

Most likely to be seen: On FaceTime with fiancée

Secretary - Kieran Vail

Oxford 'Stats': 3rd Year Biology at St Hilda's

From: Manchester

Voice Part: Tenor 1

Interesting Skill: I can take any line of human speech and turn it into a vocal riff. Test me.

Favourite Shower Song: Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You (What else??!!)

Any 'about me' tidbits: I literally live for vocal acrobatics. If you're ever talking to me, you're sure to get annoyed very quickly because I don't stop spewing out little riffs and runs at every opportunity. It's a disease honestly.

Most likely to be seen: On the centre of a dance floor holding 4 drinks and trying to stay upright. Failing that, you'll always catch me at Ahmed's van ordering my body weight in food.

Why do we need funding?

Without your support, this trip would not be possible. We don’t want financial barriers to stop any Commas from coming on the tour. Your funds will help to pay for flights to and from the USA, as well as accommodation and transport once we are there. Only with your generosity can this dream become a reality!

Our initial £5500 target is the absolute minimum we need to make this trip possible. The Commas are matching donations until we reach £1500 and will have to bear some of the subsistence costs when out there. As a result, the first £1000 we raise over this target will go towards further covering food and transport costs whilst we are out there, particularly for those who are less able to afford the costs. These funds will also go towards some musical activities in New York to further our musical education.

Beyond this, any additional funds will go towards producing our first ever EP before the summer!


We have some exciting rewards to say thanks for your giving, and the more you give, the better they get! If you have any further questions about these or any special requests, please send us an email on the address below.

Where to find us

Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Youtube to keep up with how we are doing!



Instagram: theoxcommas

Snapchat: theoxcommas



If you have any questions, or would like the Oxford Commas to perform at your event, don't hesitate to send us an email - theoxcommas@gmail.com

Thank You!

4 months, 2 weeks ago

We did it!!! A huge thank you to all of you who donated to our whopping total of £6,375!  We will be off on tour within a week, and have some funds to head to the studio soon after to begin some recordings. It couldn’t have been done without your support, and we are very grateful for each and every contribution. Exciting trips to Harvard, NYU, Sarah Lawrence College and Princeton now await us, and we can’t wait to perform in fantastic concerts with some amazing groups! We will be posting regularly about the tour on social media, so make sure that you like our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay tuned! Once again, a massive thank you for your support; do keep up with us and the exciting future that awaits the group.

4 months, 3 weeks ago

A huge Commas thank you to all who have donated so far! Your generosity is very much appreciated, and we can’t thank you enough! The progress of our campaign so far has been brilliant. We’re getting closer and closer to our £5500 minimum! We really hope to push through and achieve this soon. We've now confirmed gigs at Harvard (Massachusetts), Princeton (New Jersey) and Sarah Lawrence College (New York), and have even been in contact with a professional a cappella production company!

The Oxford Commas matchfunded £1500

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Sian D'Avino wishes you all the very best with your tour! xxx

Catherine Collins-Dryer and Amanda Spice say best of luck with the tour guys! xxx

Good luck. Remember us when you're rich and famous 😀

Good luck Thomas, loved the video and hope that you will send us links to some other clips when you are in the US! Aoife xx

Hope you make your target

Good luck folks

Melly says Awesome! Go for it!

Best of luck guys, you deserve this! ACALOVE

Here you go Jake - Go for it guys - if you manage this it will be a fantastic trip to remember for ever. Good luck!!

Good luck with the tour!

Good Luck, Commas!