The Tigertones, Princeton’s signature male a cappella group, brought the distinctive sounds of American close harmony to QE in a specially arranged concert.
The group performed for the Upper School as part of their autumn tour of London. They delivered a 30-minute set comprising exclusively their own arrangements of popular songs, ranging from Coldplay’s Viva la Vida and Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours, to the Scottish folk song, Loch Lomond, and an energetic rendition of the barbershop classic, Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby.
The visit was initiated by QE parent Mr Muammer Cakir (father of Batu Cakir in Year 9), who studied at Princeton as a postgraduate. Having learned about the group’s tour through the Princeton alumni network, he got in touch and helped make the arrangements to bring them to QE. Mr Cakir was a special guest of the Headmaster, Neil Enright, for the concert.
The Tigertones were introduced by sixth-former Mehul Meghani and thanked by Nikhil Shah, who, like Mehul, is a Vice-Captain in Year 13.
Mr Enright said: “The Tigertones were very good, delivering a rich and well-blended sound, with lots of confidence and personality both in their performance and when they spoke to the boys. We hosted them for lunch and gave them a tour of the school – they seemed impressed with our history, achievements and facilities.
“I am most grateful to Mr Cakir for his help in making possible this visit, which, I am sure, will have played a part in reminding our boys to consider Princeton and other US destinations when they are making their university choices. Ivy League universities have bec ome increasingly popular with QE leavers; it is a trend we are happy to encourage.”
After their performance, the Tigertones took questions from the boys on everything from matters relating to the group itself – their creative process, the reasons for the ensemble remaining all-male and the auditions system – through to the differences between the US and UK university systems. One of the main things they highlighted was that in the US, undergraduates can continue to study a range of subjects for two years before picking their major – in contrast to the early specialisation required in the UK.
“We now look forward to an influx of new interest in our own barbershop and a cappella groups at QE!” the Headmaster concluded.