Talented students shine at Graduate Summer Showcase 2017 Finale

Graduate summer showcase 2017

An evening of spectacular music, fashion and drama brought the curtain down on the University’s Graduate Summer Showcase 2017, on Friday.

The Finale event at the University of West London’s (UWL) Weston Hall was packed with show-stopping performances from graduating students of London College of Music (LCM) and London School of Film, Media and Design (LSFMD).

Twelve performances delighted a large audience which included fashion designer Samson Soboye and figures from the world of musical theatre, along with families and friends of the young artists and the former Mayor of Ealing, Dr Patricia Walker.

Nadia Sheikh performs her song, ‘Break Free’, accompanied by dancers from Creative Academy

The Finale was a shining example of the University’s ability to excel across a range of disciplines and underlined a deep commitment to the education of creative professionals.

Proceedings opened with Musical Theatre students performing the song Sunday, followed by a classical piece called Rainy Day which student, Johan Hugosson, composed in a café in Paris during a downpour. Next up was a video by LSFMD students entitled, This Is It, which delivered an inspiring message about being young and on the cusp of an exciting career in the creative sector.

Cutting-edge fashion on the catwalk at the Graduate Summer Showcase Finale

LCM students Katherine Deakin and Mitchell Ndema delivered a powerful piece of realist drama in Firebird, followed by an eye-catching turn from Musical Performance student, Will Todd, who reprised his hyperactive and ominous Queen of Hearts, from the College’s recent play, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.

A selection of fashion collections by graduating Fashion and Textiles students displayed the cutting-edge talent at UWL, which was proceeded by a heart-warming photo montage entitled A Year in the Life, comprising images by LSFMD students set to music provided by LCM. A jazz trio then performed a sophisticated and artistic interpretation of Duke Ellington’s, It Don’t Mean a Thing.

Graduating student Sam Creer on the Cello at the Graduate Summer Showcase Finale

Acting students displayed their comic talents in Everyman by Carol Ann Duffy, before singer-songwriter Nadia Sheikh dazzled with her composition ‘Break Free’, accompanied by evocative dancing by a troupe from Creative Academy - LCM’s collaborative partner.

A fast-moving montage of final year projects by LSFMD students prefaced the closing act of this year’s Finale, which was a powerful piece of musical theatre by the The Peacocks, who performed the song ‘Façade’, from Jekyll and Hyde.

Will Todd raises the roof as the Queen of Hearts from LCM’s play, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland

Post-performance, guests and performers enjoyed drinks and excellent hospitality provided by London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism. Attendees included UWL Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter John, and the Chair of the Board of Governors, Chris Humphries CBE.

Commenting on the Finale, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Peter John said: ‘This event put our talented students in the spotlight and their fantastic performances underlined the great value this University places upon the arts. The Graduate Summer Showcase 2017 has helped these graduating students to stand out from the crowd as they prepare for rewarding careers in the creative sector.’

VCE members; Adrian Ellison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof Anthony Woodman, Prof Joelle Fanghanel, Marion Lowe, UWL Vice-Chancellor Prof Peter John and Chair of the Board of Governors, Chris Humphries CBE

Check out a Graduate Summer Showcase 2017 Finale photo gallery on Facebook.

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