I’ve noticed a fairly consistent pattern in my posting…I always seem to post on a Sunday! Sunday is when I seem to collate all my thoughts of the previous week before moving on to the next. Next week I start a brand new module in truly youthful optimism of attending every lecture on time, studying hard and making sandwiches the night before for lunch the next day. Doubtless as previous experience has told me this optimism won’t last till the end of the first week before I end up running ever morning for the bus, hair madly askew, and made lunch a distant dream in a past life.
But before this vicious cycle of daily grind begins I shall tell you about something exciting that’s been happening this week (or should I say last week??)ARTSFEST!!!
Artsfest is a week of student activities based around art, music, drama and dance that happens every year. It is a chance to see some of the arts-related societies at their best. Activities go on throughout the week and cumulate into a huge Finale Concert at the end of the week. Artsfest is a good way to forget about science for a while and watch or join in with something that’s music or arts-related. It’s a great way to see some of the societies that you wouldn’t normally get the chance to see, in action.
There were several lunchtime busking concerts around college featuring the various musical societies. I played in one myself on the friday in Windband. It was a joint concert featuring the Choir and Windband. The good thing about these types of concert is that people can come along and listen for free and for however long as they like. The size of the audience suprised me somewhat. I hadn’t expected so many people to come and watch!
Other events around college included a Fine Arts and Photography display in the Blyth Gallery, a DramSoc performance workshop, a free cinema screening and a barn dance in the Union Dining Hall! See the timetable below!
The Finale Concert was immense! Having been to the Finale Concert every year for three years I have to say it is one of the highlights of the year for me. All the societies get together to produce a very varied concert. There really is something for everyone to enjoy! I was playing in the first half but there was still time for me to enjoy some of the acts before I had to play!
Imperial College Sinfonietta Orchestra began the concert by playing Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances. Sinfonietta set the concert off to a good start with the lively dances keeping the audience on the edge of their seats! Freddie and the Faggots were next (a group of five bassoon players) who performed several popular tv-theme tunes with a bit of a twist. This a very funny act!
Sadly I missed the next two acts as I had to get back stage in time for Windband. These were Wushu and Chamber Choir. Wushu is a chinese martial arts society. It combines some very energetic acrobatics with sword fighting and hand to hand fighting. However after I had played with Windband I was able to watch the next bit of the concert before the interval.
One of Imperial’s newest societies: Techtonics hit the stage. Techtonics is an all male singing group that reproduces popular songs by singing all of the instrumentals. The combined effect of them all was phenomenal! When they sang Buck Rodgers by Feeder there was raptuous applause given!
After an interval in which all of the audience migrated to the Senior Common room for drinks the concert began in earnest again! The Imperial College String Ensemble played Gymnopedie #1 by Erik Satie. It was a flawless performance.
IC Belly Dancing was next followed by two solo singers from the Musical Theatre Society. Again brilliant performances all round!
Funkology (The society that performs some of the best Hip-Hop dancing I have ever seen) was up next. They combine dance into the form of a story. From previous years Artsfest experiences Funkology are always amazing! This year was no different with the society getting whoops and cheers from the audience!
Last but not least Big Band performed Hunting Wabbits by Gordan Goodwin and Birks Works from Dizzy Gillespies Big Band. They were the icing on the cake to what was an amazing concert!