Top of the Scots was a welcome spring addition to the St Andrews A Cappella calendar. Tom Caruth, known for stand-up with the St Andrews Comedy society, hosted the concert, which featured all six of St Andrews’ A Cappella groups. Many of them performed their Scottish A Cappella Championship (SACC) sets which they had been working on for the last few months. The groups all performed with microphones, raising the quality of the sound considerably and making for an exciting concert. This concert was also the first audience-vote competition the society has hosted, with the winning group receiving a £300 grant towards their next A Cappella function. The A Cappella society teamed up with the Save the Children society, selling cakes and collecting donations, raising a total of over £100 for the charity!
This Sunday, the 2ndof December, the University of St Andrews’ A Cappella Society returns to Younger Hall for another evening of Christmas delight. The festive concert, which has been a sell-out in previous years, will be taking place at the earlier time of 3.30 pm, contrary to the previously advertised time of 7.30 pm. The society is excited for their first ever afternoon concert, as the earlier time will make the concert more accessible to both locals and students from the Fife area, helping to spread Christmas cheer!
Have you seen the long-range weather forecast? Because a storm is approaching the auld grey town of St Andrews!
As week three slowly slips into week four and fond memories of healthy amounts of sleep during the Christmas holiday become increasingly unimaginable, St Andrews offers one solace: DRA/FP Ball. The “Midsummer Night’s Dream” themed event promises to be more magical than ever, and once you see the outline for the night, we think you’ll agree.
I spent my Saturday morning drinking coffee and browsing through the retro attire of yesteryear. The Vintage Collective has been one of the most interesting vintage fairs I have ever been to, and what a lovely day for a nice wee return to reality after a frightful night of ghosts and ghouls. Younger Hall was transformed into a treasure chest of all sorts, with enough room to browse and admire the truly expansive range that was on offer. With garlands of Union Jacks strung across the balconies, racks full of abundant clothes lined the floor of Younger Hall along with tables of beautiful jewelry and quirky antiques.
Now in its third year, St Andrews Voices Festival, organised by locally-born Sonia Stevenson and the university’s Music Director Michael Downes, returned to the town in resplendent glory this October. A combination of concerts, workshops and more eclectic entertainments such as the ‘Rufflets Cream Tea With Jazz” were blended together, drawing world-renowned musicians and local performers alike. With many university musicians performing and several university venues being used, the student body was at the very heart of this festival.
I won’t lie, when I first heard that Ambassador’s Ball was going on, “rager” wasn’t exactly the first thing that came to mind. A night of mingling with professors and tutors embracing our academic selves? No thanks. Will had learned from previous experience that open bars do not make for intelligent conversation. However, this night was entirely different.