Artsfest drew to a close on Friday Night in its usual toe-tapping, crowd-raising, show-stopping way with acts as diverse as a Bassoon Quintet and full Symphony Orchestra to Chinese Wushu.
The night opened with a celebration of British Cuture with Five Scottish Dances from Sinfonietta. Sinfonietta have been requested to play a concert of traditional British Music when they go on tour to Berlin in the Summer. The tour, with ICU Choir and Big Band, will continue to raise money for this year's Artsfest Charity 'Hospices of Hope' which provides care for terminally ill patients in Eastern Europe.
Sinfonietta were followed by the amusingly named Freddie and the Faggotts who had a similarly amusing line-up of well known theme tunes arranged for Bassoon Quintet. Their performanes of themes such as Inspector Gadget, Doctor Who and Thomas the Tank Engine were absolutely inspired and this reporter recommends they take the show on tour. I'd definitely put my name down as roadie!
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Chinese Wushu gave their usual high standard of performance mixing both the energetic and the serene beauty of the martial art in their magical choreography. Chamber Choir gave a rousing rendition of 'Baby You Can Drive My Car' where special mention should go to the colourfulness of their concert dress, a welcome departure from the standard black attire.
The finals of dance club's competition saw the qualifying lecturers Martin McColl (Physics), Emma McCoy (Maths) and Martin Liebeck (Maths) battle it out with two dances each in front of the panel of expert judges. McCoy's jive was bouncy and energetic but not 'happy' enough for the judges with Martin McColl taking the trophy after a saucy rendition of the Cha Cha.
Techtonics were another highlight of the concert, with the a capella male 'choir' wowing the audience with not only their voices and choralography but also their multi coloured shirts (and Eugene's hat). Techtonics gave their performance debut in the Artsfest Finale which was received enthusiastically by the crowd. They will be doing a joint concert later this term in Holy Trinity Church with Imperial College String Ensemble and are hoping to be victorious in next Thursday's Imperial Idol.
Full length DVD's of the 2009 Artsfest Finale Concert will be available to buy from Live! and Stoic TV shortly. Reserve your copy by emailing the Editor.