Barbershop boys a cut above

The Gist.
The Gist.

A teenager whose cover of a One Direction song has turned heads will headline a charity night of young musical talent.

The beautiful voice of Imogen Mechie has brought a new sophisticated twist to the boy band’s smash hit ‘Little Things’.

Now singer/songwriter Imogen, a regular on Morecambe’s festival circuit and Young Songwriter of the Year runner-up, will join pupils from Lancaster Royal Grammar School at its annual fund-raising gig.

Five bands will perform, including The Gist, a four-piece barbershop quartet who recently took the London A Capella Festival by storm with songs such as their close-harmony rendition of When I See an Elephant Fly.

The quartet of Daniel Barnett, Peter Law, Krishnan Ram-Prasad and Alex Porteous are all current or former LRGS pupils. They will be joined by The Conflicting Accounts (alternative rock), The Steroids (indie rock), the Big Society Band (jazz) and Salvarsan (rock).

The students will raise funds for St John’s Hospice, The Community Fund, the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children, The Matt Hampson Foundation, which provides support for those injured through sport, Schooling for Children of Uganda, PhysioNet and MeDiCT, which organise the re-use and distribution of special medical equipment abroad. There will be a prize raffle and compère for the evening is Ruaidhri Johnston.

The concert is this Friday (April 26) at the school’s Assembly Hall at 7.30pm.