Voice of God

I work as the ‘Voice of God’ at live events: helping the event run smoothly by welcoming the guests, setting the tone, and ushering them to the right places at the right times…

Oliver Purches is an accomplished public speaker, having served as a Master of Ceremonies at numerous Weddings, high-profile Awards Ceremonies, Auctions, Dinners, and Sporting Events, including the British Independent Film Awards, and Cancer Research UK’s ‘Emeralds & Ivy’ Fundraising Ball.

Friendly, punctual, and adaptable, Oliver immerses himself in the culture of each event he speaks at, so as to best understand the nuances and taste of the occasion. He believes that it is crucial to set the correct tone from the start, so that the guests are able to relax and enjoy the occasion. Thereafter, he keeps proceedings moving forward efficiently and with good humour, whilst remaining flexible towards the evolving priorities of live events.


“Oliver is GSP’s favourite choice for any Voice of God work for all types of events. From film awards to charity dinners, Oliver’s ability to entertain and adapt to any script or requirement is unique. He’s a fantastic addition to the team and it’s always a delight to work with such a talented artist.”

– Hannah Hill, Director of GSP Events

“Oliver has been part of the BIFA family as the ‘Voice of God’ at the award ceremony for over ten years now. His friendly yet authoritative style always works wonders. He’s unfailingly professional, easy to work with and a delight to have at the event.”

Deena Wallace, BIFA Director

“Oliver has been the ‘Voice of God’ for our annual fundraising event for over 10 years! A power cut in our last event, meant a lot of last-minute changes to Oliver’s script – he delivered the changed script like it was always meant to be that way, and dealt with the situation like an absolute professional, with complete calm.  He is fabulous at what he does and is such a delight to work with.  Here’s to the next 10 years.”

Anna Randles, Head of Events, National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS)

“Oliver has performed the ‘VOICE OF GOD’ role for me on several live shows and is always superb to work with – Whether a huge film awards event such as the BIFAs or one of the many celeb parties and charity galas I direct he always strikes the right tone between friendly and formal depending on the needs of the client and the mood of the room…he is able to grab the attention of even the most determined networking guest and get them to sit at thier table, applaud the host or look at the screen on cue. He is able to adapt to any script I’ve given him and make it work and can be spontaneous and inventive should the need arise. He has great great tone and perfect microphone technique. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a good live or pre-recorded VOG…as long as it doesn’t clash with my gigs!” 

Sean Canning – Freelance showcaller & event director

For all enquiries please contact oliver.purches@gmail.com

Selected Credits:

Lady Garden Gala @ Claridges, Dec 2023

VOG @ British Independent Film Awards 2010 – 2019, 2021, 2022

Cancer Research UK’s Emeralds & Ivy Ball 2021, 2022

NABS ‘Stranger Than Summer’ Fundraising Ball: 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023

Plus numerous other private functions

James Blunt (L) and Ronan Keating attend The Lady Garden Gala 2022 at Claridge’s Hotel on December 06, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Jenny Halpern Prince, Princess Beatrice of York, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Tamara Beckwith attend The Lady Garden Gala 2022 at Claridge’s Hotel on December 06, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
The British Independent Film Awards is hosted at Old Billingsgate by London Bridge