Posted Tuesday 11 August 2015
Kingston University ensembles have enjoyed sell out success at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Twist Singers and the trumpet section of the Kingston University Brass Ensemble showcased their talents north of the border on a successful second trip to the annual arts spectacular.
Made up of students from across the University completing degrees including music, dance, drama, business and architecture, the Twist Singers is also open to local residents. During its Fringe trip, the choir captivated crowds with a repertoire ranging from classics to showstoppers, including extracts from Wicked and a choral arrangement of Adele's Skyfall. The Brass Ensemble played a fanfare composed for the occasion.
As well as relishing the opportunity to perform at the world's largest arts festival, the students learned about arts marketing and events promotion in career development sessions provided by Fringe Central. They topped off their performances in the spectacular setting of St Giles' Cathedral and at Paradise at Augustines by taking to the streets for an al fresco show, singing extracts from their repertoire, improvising and talking to spectators about Kingston University.
"This was a wonderful opportunity to highlight the varied musical life Kingston University offers with a wide audience at a premier festival, " Val Marshall, who co-ordinates the University's Collegiate Music activities, said. The students had also particularly enjoyed the opportunity to share their Fringe experience with a number of graduates who had stopped by to say hello, she added.