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Published on August 10th, 2018 | by Robbie Joseph


2018 UK National Steel Band Panorama Finals

Musical excellence thrives on outstanding performances!

BAS in conjunction with the Notting Hill Carnival  is hosting this event. This year marks the 41st anniversary of Panorama in the UK.

On Saturday the 25thAugust 2018, Kensal Road off Ladbroke Grove in West London will be transformed into the ‘Drag’ for the British Association of Steel Bands (BAS) annual UK National Steelband Panorama finals.  The Drag will be a hive of activity from 3:00 p.m. with throngs of people walking along the ‘Drag’ from Ladbroke Grove along Kensal Road congregating at each band to enjoy the sweet strains of steelband music as the orchestras rehearse their renditions for their glorious ten minutes on stage.

The atmosphere will be electric. It will be a musical river with music flowing from the bands that push the crowds along the way as they drift from band to band. The rumble of the basses will sound like the river crashing along its meandering way whilst the midrange pan instruments emit melodious tones replicating sounds like the running water over its rocks and pebbles. The front line’s harmonious tones will add to the musical river’s existence to lead you into a state of musical harmony. Scales, Chords, Melodies, Harmony, Syncopation, Allegro, Allegretto, Capriccio and Orchestration will be the ammunition for this musical war.

The players are the soldiers of these musical armies as they come to Kensal Road, the battlefield, and where a musical explosion of the sweet sounds of steel band music will be heard. This is one war where everyone involved is a winner and no one gets hurt. Hundreds of pan musicians will have practiced hundreds of hours and play thousands of steelpan instruments on the day in this iconic musical battle.

The event is billed to start around 6:00 p.m. with six of the UK top steel orchestras billed to perform in this musical battle to achieve the coveted title

The event will be held in the park and there will be an entrance fee of £5. All monies collected from the gates will be distributed amongst all the competing steelbands.

For many years this proposal has been on the cards and this year the NHCL has made it possible and in so doing ensures that the pan musicians and their bands would benefit from their performances on the night.

BAS looks forward to your presence at this competition and your continued support of the steelband culture as the continuity of it lies with these young musicians who have invested their time, effort and dedication in making this iconic event possible. Please invite your relatives, family, friends and acquaintances to attend and support this event.

The event will be held at Horniman’s Pleasance, Kensal Road, London W10 5RP.

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Admission is £5.

18-08-25 Performance information

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