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Thursday 17 September 2015

Ioana Simion appears on BBC2

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 Ioana Simion to find out about life as a beatboxing a capella sensation.


Name: Ioana Simion
Age: I’m 20 in less than a month so let’s forget about 19
Home town: Medgidia
Country of origin: Romania
Course and year: BA (Hons) Magazine journalism and Feature Writing, Year 2.

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

What talents do you bring to the table?

I strongly believe that my best talent is that I’m a Taylor Swift impersonator, but a lot of people don’t agree with that, so let’s just stick with singing, beatboxing (that’s new by the way) and playing guitar.

Who are your music icons/inspirations?

Since I was fourteen I’ve been looking up to Taylor Swift, just because she’s a complete artist in my opinion, but I have various inspirations when it comes to music in general. I love the old sound of The Beatles, the strident explosion that Amy Winehouse was when she performed; and the resounding alternative rock made by Kings of Leon.

Why do you love to sing?

Singing offers me freedom and the opportunity to show people exactly who I am. Every time I perform I feel immortal, like a ‘nothing can stop me now’ kind of vibe.

Why a cappella?

A capella gives you the power to give 100% of what you’ve got. It’s just you and your voice, nothing else. It’s unbelievable what you can create with only human voices. I love a capella because it’s something unusual, it’s fresh and it also becomes addictive once you get started.

What makes Restless Symphony so special?

Restless Symphony was born from the love we all share for music. When we shared the love between us, it grew and became a whole different group. The group is not just regular students, hanging out, making music; it’s a family making magic together. I guess this sums it up.

What song do you think best describes you and why?

Shake it Off-by Taylor Swift because I realised that when you stop caring about what other people say, life is pretty amazing and nobody can drag you down. So smile and shake it off!

What do you love most about your course and Solent?

The lecturers, the amazing people that inspire me every single day – without them I would never be this passionate about writing. I love Solent because is multi-vibrant, full of life. There’s always something happening there and it’s really a positive environment to spend your university years.

Best piece of advice given so far?

Believe in yourself!

What are your aspirations for the future?

I want to do so many things in the future, it’s ridiculous. Main things though are to carry on with music and see Restless Symphony inspiring young musicians all over the world, wouldn’t that be awesome?  Also want to put together my own magazine and launch it in Romania.