Music

Musicians at Imperial will find their talents are well catered for. Just some of the opportunities offered here include:

  • four orchestras, six choirs, a wind band, a jazz big band and a musical theatre society that you can join, as well as many smaller ensembles
  • free lunchtime professional concert series, attracting such world class performers as the Belcea, Maggini and Tippett Quartets; pianists Noriko Ogawa and Charles Owen; and period instrument ensemble, Florilegium
  • music bursaries for current students worth £400 per year towards instrumental or vocal lessons

Applicants who are already accomplished musicians can apply for a music scholarship – this gives you the chance to have lessons at the neighbouring Royal College of Music.

The Blyth Centre

Much of the music activity at Imperial centres round The Blyth Centre at our South Kensington Campus. The Centre is home to 10 music practice rooms which you can book free of charge. Four of the rooms are equipped with grand pianos. 

If you're a pianist, a violinist or a singer and are interested in having lessons within the College, there are a number of teachers within the Centre who give lessons.

Art

The Blyth Centre also incorporates an art gallery which hosts regular exhibitions from College societies and clubs, staff and visiting professional artists.

We have an art studio on campus which can be used to make your own artwork, as well as for workshops and exhibitions.

If you’re interested in developing as an artist the gallery hosts a free programme of practical fine art workshops taught by a variety of professional artists. Each session – suitable for all abilities – is taught to a small group making it easy for you to get one-to-one advice from the tutor.

Theatre

London is world famous for its theatre. Musicals are a mainstay of the city's theatreland, but its dramas and comedies have recently attracted such famous names as Benedict Cumberbatch, Lindsay Lohan, Martin Freeman, Keira Knightley and Judi Dench.

With 40 theatres in the West End alone, and a huge choice of fringe venues, it's no longer just the big name shows that take centre stage.

Back on campus, our students are keen to uphold the city’s dramatic tradition.

Imperial College Dramatic Society (DramSoc)
DramSoc stages one major production in the each of the Autumn and Spring terms, along with various other small productions, play readings and workshops throughout the year.

If you prefer to stay out of the limelight, there are also technical roles available, from set design to lighting, costume to make-up.

Musical Theatre Society
ICU Musical Theatre Society is so well established it existed even before the three original Colleges came together in 1908 to form Imperial. It was originally part of the Royal College of Sciences Dramatic Society, splitting to become IC Dramatic Society and IC Operatic Society in 1956.

In 2003 the Operatic Society was renamed the Musical Theatre Society to fit with the wider range of shows being performed.

The society sings and dances its way through an annual musical, performed in the Union's Concert Hall. Its sister society also takes a show on tour to Budleigh Salterton, Devon once a year.