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Thursday 17 September 2015

Meet Georgie Workman

Six Southampton Solent University students have come together to form Restless Symphony, an up-and-coming a capella group set to appear in BBC 2′s The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone. We caught up with group member Georgie Workman to find out more about what inspires her.

Name: Georgie Workman
Age: 20
Hometown: Matlock – Derbyshire
Course and year: BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance – final year

Restless Symphony are (from left to right) Ioana Simion, Siobhán Laurèn Hilton, Tassama Meshach Franklyn, Felicity ‘Fizz’ Dell-Smith, Anita Okekpe and Georgie Workman

What talents do you bring to the table?

I’m a singer, but I can also play keys (at a basic level) I talk a lot and I make a good tea – true northerner!

Who are you music icons/ inspirations?

A music icon of mine is Sam Smith. I feel the way he captivates the audience with his lyrics and the emotion behind them is beautiful. I think his music is real and honest and not just produced to make money, but because he is doing something he loves and he wants to share it with the world. I love country music, for the same reasons really, as its raw, honest music with real stories behind it. I like to be able to have a connection with music.

Why do you love to sing?

This sounds so cliché, but when I sing it makes me feel alive. Singing takes me to another place – a happy place. It enables me to express emotions and feelings that I wouldn’t normally talk about.

Why a cappella?

A cappella takes music right back to the bare bones. Not having instruments behind you, hiding any little mistakes you make, is daunting at first but then it allows you the freedom to create anything you like. It’s so experimental and fun that you can never get bored! It’s still early days for me and a cappella, as I’m learning so many different things every day, but that’s the beauty of it!

What makes Restless Symphony so special?

Well I don’t think you could find a crazier, weird, outgoing, random, fun-loving, happy group of people, doing something they love. We are so different individually, but when you put us together, we have a sound that is so unique and beautiful that, in my eyes, you can’t compare it. We have so many personalities in the group, and so many different sounds that we are able to appeal to such a vast audience and keep it interesting.

What song do you think best describes you and why?

So the song that I feel best describes me is Titanium by Sia. I think this song says a lot about me. When I was going through school, I was told that I wouldn’t get into university, that I wasn’t clever enough. Everyone told me that I could sing, but I never believed that I would get this far. I had a difficult couple of years in secondary school, and I failed most of my subjects but I still kept trying.

I finally got a place at university and that’s when things started to fall into place. I left my little home town in Matlock, leaving my family, which was extremely difficult but I knew it was the right thing to do. Now, I’m in the most awesome a cappella group, with six other amazing people and I couldn’t be happier!

What do you love most about your course and Solent?

There are many things that I love about my course. The fact that most of my exams are more practical has helped me to succeed. It is a music course, having practical exams and practical lessons gives you the best experience for the future.

The lectures are a key part of why I enjoy my course so much. They are always there to help you in your time of need, they will book time with you if you are struggling with coursework, or if you just need a chat about something. They are so encouraging and willing to do whatever it takes to make you succeed.

Best piece of advice given so far?

“Believe in yourselves. We believe in you, so now it’s time that you start believing it too!” This was a piece of advice that we got given during the summer, when we had lost all hope and we were feeling extremely disheartened.

Hearing this piece of advice was the spark that relit the fire in us again. This brought back our confidence and our strength to carry on. This was the piece of advice that changed Restless Symphony from a group of students singing a cappella to a strong, confident, determined a cappella group.

What are your aspirations for the future?

My aspirations for the future are for Restless Symphony to bring out an album, and our gigs to get bigger. I want us to be known not just in the UK but around the world and make our mark on a cappella music, and the music industry as a whole.