About the Ensemble
Imperial College String Ensemble is dedicated to the perfomance of challenging and diverse music for strings. We have established a reputation for quality, and since the ensemble's creation in 2004, have become a leading voice in music-making at Imperial. ICSE is a small ensemble, comprising approximately 30 players. Our size allows us to perform unique repertoire and creates strong sociality within the group.
ICSE is now in its thirteenth riotously successful year as an ensemble. We perform concerts every term in the local area, as well as taking part in events ranging from ArtsFest to performances in aid of charity. Last year, we continued to broaden our repertoire with string classics by Elgar, Mendelssohn and Stravinsky, as well as performing concertos featuring musicians from within Imperial.
Our reputation for wild partying will always make weekends worth looking forward to, with anything from pubs and pizza to film nights and barn dancing! Our more adventurous socials this year have included ice skating and paintballing. Plans for this year include student concertos, a weekend away and a summer tour on the continent.
As the College's only ensemble just for string players we offer a very different experience to the symphony orchestras. Rehearsals are relaxed and friendly with light refreshments, and finish early in the evening, leaving the rest of the night yours to enjoy. If you're interested in making yourself heard as a string player, why don't you join us? We rehearse Friday evenings, in the Great Hall, from 6pm.