Oxford A Cappella Group Out Of The Blue Releases 'Sleigh Ride' Charity Cover For Christmas

Group rose to fame on Britain's Got Talent in 2011.

Stop everything - Christmas is officially here.

Out of the Blue, Oxford’s all-male a cappella group, has released its annual charity Christmas single... and it is amazing.

Following incredible covers of Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas”, this year the boys opted for Christmas classic “Sleigh Ride”.

<strong>The boys have raised more than £100,000 for a children's hospice through their charity singles </strong>
The boys have raised more than £100,000 for a children's hospice through their charity singles
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“It lets us show off the fun personalities of the group’s members, while also helping us to raise thousands for charity, which is something we are very proud to do,” group president Ifan Jenkin said.

The group, made up of students from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes, shot to fame in 2011 when its members reached the live semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent.

The group then went global when Shakira tweeted about the choir’s mash up of her song Hips Don’t Lie.

<strong>The group rose to fame on Britain's Got Talent in 2011 </strong>
The group rose to fame on Britain's Got Talent in 2011
Out of the Blue

Since then, the boys have raised more than £100,000 for Helen & Douglas House, the world’s first children’s hospice, through their charity singles.

With thousands of fans around the world, Out of the Blue hope to raise even more money this year - and they aren’t afraid to send themselves up to do it.

The video begins with an interview with a very serious “director”, who tells the audience he is going to overcome the “somewhat frivolous” image of the group to create something that reflects “these dark times”.

<strong>Out of the Blue say the video gave them the chance to show off their fun personalities </strong>
Out of the Blue say the video gave them the chance to show off their fun personalities
Out of the Blue

Cue snowball fights, men in Mrs Claus outfits and some half-naked reindeer.

New member Sean Bracebridge said: “It is such good fun to put together a video like this.

“We filmed it in a university chapel so the floor was really slippery - when we fell over doing a piggy back in the video, it was definitely unplanned!”