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'Tis the Season...

Nov 24 2006 08:50
Kate Sloyan
Kate Sloyan gives a quick preview of the vast array of culture on offer at Imperial this Christmas.
Not that type of culture...

It?s that time again. The ice rink is outside the Natural History Museum, coursework deadlines are becoming increasingly harder to ignore and you're regularly entering lab in daylight and leaving in the dark. But the end of term means something much more important: culcha.

Various societies have been beavering away, working hard to bring you a little bit of something that doesn?t involve differential equations, chemicals or rocks (whichever applies to you). Yes, culture does exist at Imperial College and the next few weeks will provide a fantastic opportunity to sample it.

  • 29th November-2nd December: DramSoc (Mort)
  • 1st December: Symphony Orchestra concert
  • 2nd December: String Ensemble concert
  • 3rd-4th December: MTSoc revue
  • 5th December (lunchtime): Wind Band concert
  • 5th December (evening): Sinfonietta concert
  • 6th-9th December: DramSoc (Look back in Anger)
  • 8th December: Choir concert

Wednesday 29th November to Saturday 2nd December sees DramSoc performing Terry Pratchett?s fourth Discworld novel Mort; the tale of a young man making his way in the world, albeit with the help of a tall, dark, unhealthily thin stranger with a scythe who TALKS LIKE THIS. Adapted by Stephen Briggs, tickets are available from the Union Shop, Union Reception or at

On Friday 1st December at 8pm in the Great Hall, Sherfield Building, we have Imperial College Symphony Orchestra performing John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 and the Britten Piano Concerto, featuring joint Physics and Music student Melissa Daly. ICSO promise to be fantastic as always, and ticket information is available from .

The following evening, at 7.30pm on Saturday 2nd December, the String Ensemble are performing in St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge. The programme will include Boccherini?s Cello concerto in G Major and Vaughan Williams? Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis, as well as an appearance by Imperial Brass. Tickets and more information can be obtained by emailing .

On Sunday 3rd-Monday 4th December we have the annual MTSoc Revue, this year featuring tunes from shows and films including Wicked and Guys and Dolls. Entrance is free, with the show starting at 7.30pm in the Union Concert Hall.

Tuesday 5th December sees not one concert, but two. At 1pm the Wind Band will be presenting a number of pieces, from the serious (Holst's Second Suite in F) to the not-so-serious (Newsome's The Bass in the Ballroom). Entrance is free, so just come along to the Great Hall. At 8pm, also in the Great Hall, will be Sinfonietta's Winter Concert, including Grieg?s Piano Concerto in A minor and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. Ticket information can be found by emailing .

Next is DramSoc again on Wednesday 6th-Saturday 9th December with John Osbourne?s Look Back in Anger, a 1956 "kitchen sink realism" play about a love triangle involving an intelligent but disaffected young man, his wife and her best friend. Tickets are again available from Union Shop, Union Reception or online.

The Choir will be in their customary fine voice at 8pm on Friday 8th December, performing Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, Stravinsky?s Symphony of Psalms and Poulenc's Gloria. The concert will be held in the Great Hall, and tickets will be on sale during the week of the concert in the Sherfield Foyer Level 2, from Andrea Robbins in the Blyth Centre (Sherfield Level 5) or on the door.

Last but not least, FilmSoc will be holding a Short Film Festival in the Union Concert Hall from 2-7pm on Saturday 9th December. The deadline for entries is 1st December, and any budding filmmakers can get more information about entering from .

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Discussion about “'Tis the Season...”

The comments below are unmoderated submissions by Live! readers. The Editor accepts no liability for their content, nor for any offence caused by them. Any complaints should be directed to the Editor.
1. Kate   
Nov 24 2006 09:34

My apologies if I've forgotten anyone/thing. Post below if you've got anything you want to advertise.

2. Nick   
Nov 24 2006 12:26

What about the Guilds Bar Night on Nov. 28th?! Complete with Freshers' Yard competition

3. Tris   
Nov 24 2006 12:28

That's the opposite of culture, Nick!

4. Ian   
Nov 24 2006 16:19

Big Band on the 14th in DBs for Christmas related jazz plus the usual classics. Free entry.

Dec 11 2006 14:22

Where are all the controversial reviews, heated debates and slagging matches? Are there no reporters out there willing to have their opinions ripped apart by vengeful artists?

Dec 11 2006 16:27

Reviews should be up very soon. Nothing deliberately controversial, but you never know what people will be offended by...

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