On the evening of Thursday 9 February, students from across Imperial College Business School came together for the first annual Talent Show 2017. MBA and MSc students showcased their talents outside of the classroom to a 200 strong audience and judging panel at Metric, a social space on the Imperial campus.

Ludovica De Santis and Pavel Telica perform acoustic guitar.

The show started with an impressive performance from MSc Management students Samson Lee and Ayano Mizuguchi whose break dancing had the audience cheering. Camilo Cifuentes wowed the crowd as they sang along to his acoustic version of Avicii’s “Wake me up”.

MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management student Igna Tovar used poetry to tell a story of privilege and several more singers took to the stage including Tesi Gahiga, Pavel Telica and Global Online MBA student Obinna Anuruegbe.  The evening finished with a performance from boy band headed Kensington 5 made up of MSc Management students.

But the act which won the winning nod from our panel of judges was BollyBeats, a Bollywood dance group. “We hadn’t ever danced or performed together before”, Ankkit Bafna says, “Winning the talent show is enthralling! We entered for nothing else but our love for dance.” The runners-up in the Talent Show was a Michael Jackson dance troupe made up of Weekend MBA students who danced their way through a medley of the singer’s greatest hits.

Talent Show 2017 winners BollyBeats.

Diane Morgan, Associate Dean of Programmes, was in the front row of the audience and says, “It was a sheer delight to attend the first ever Imperial College Business School Talent Show. As our MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management student Igna Tovar highlighted so eloquently, we are privileged to be in London and to be at Imperial.” 

“At the Talent Show we were definitely privileged to experience the wide array of talent, fun and energy our students shared with each other.”

The judges on the night were Tony D, a UK Hip Hop artist who also treated the audience to a live performance; Paul Gallagher, Shakira Hylton and Sas Rhodes from Imperial College Union; Sophie Rashbrook, Chamber Music Manager at the Royal College of Music; and Derek Walker, the Business School’s Director of Careers and Professional Development.

Talent Show 2017 runners up Michael Jackson dance troupe.

Sophie says, “It was a pleasure to judge the talent show. We were amazed by the technical prowess of hip-hop duos, acrobatic pole dancers, and soulful guitar players – but it was the sheer exuberance and joy of the Michael Jackson dance troupe, just pipped by the Bollybeats quartet in the end, which wowed the panel. Thank you for a wonderful evening and congratulations to all who took part – it was an unforgettable night!”

This event couldn’t have taken place without the hard work of our students on the Talent Show Committee, who worked across programmes to make the event a big success and a positive event for the whole community. A big thanks goes to: Lamin Balogun, Despina Pantelide, Mobeen Iqbal, Cleo Silvestri, and the MCs for the night, MSc Management students Francesca Cullen and Ramzi Nassar.

MSc Management boy band “The Kensington 5”.

Student Experience Manager Cat Batley explains the origins of the event, “The idea came from the Deans’ Student Advisory Council and feedback from students. It was fantastic to see students really engage with the event! There was a range of acts across programmes, and a great atmosphere of camaraderie and community, celebrating different cultures and talents of our students all together.”

Senior Programme Coordinator, Lakmini Staskus, says “I was really pleased with the success of our first IB talent show. It was amazing to see a packed audience of students supporting their friends and enjoying the fun atmosphere. It was a fantastic evening for the Business School community and I am so glad I was part of it. Thanks to all the students that took part.”

You can view a photo album from the talent show here.