The Imperial College Windband, or Imperial ‘Winds’ as they prefer to be referred as, held their termly ‘Extravaganza’ last Tuesday lunchtime.
They are a relatively less well-known branch of the Symphony Orchestra so most people probably don’t realise that they even existed, never mind that they were performing a free concert in the Great Hall. This is a great shame as it was a very enjoyable forty-five minutes of well-known music, ably conducted by Duncan Beat.
They started with “Liberty Bell” by John Philip Sousa, made famous as the theme tune to Monty Python’s Flying Circus, before moving on to an arrangement of “Jurassic Park”, originally by John Williams, which made for a rousing opening.
The centrepiece was “Oregon” by Jacob de Haan. However, the biggest crowd pleaser was probably “Instant Concert”, arranged by Harold Walters. This consisted of snippets from many famous pieces of music such as “The William Tell Overture” and “The Can-Can”. There were even traces of Jingle Bells.
The concert then moved onto “Star Trek through the Generations”, arranged by R.W. Smith, before ending, of course, with a seasonal piece, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, arranged by John Rutter.
The quality of the playing somewhat varied with the pieces and the audience turnout was low, but these were minor faults. Overall it was a very relaxing, informal concert and a perfect way of spending an hour during lunchtime. Roll on next term’s concert!