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Published on November 20th, 2013 | by Roury Hinds

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Endurance Steel Orchestra performs at the Lord Mayor’s Show

Endurance Steel Orchestra had the privilege of receiving a £15,000 grant to participate in the Lord Mayor’s Show in November 2013.  As a band we were both shocked and excited when our application to participate was successful. Our Musical Director, Marlon Hibbert, founded the band in 2009. We are a not for profit organisation based in South East London. Our members are ages between 13 and 22 and our main objective is to encourage young people to have an active role within their local and wider communities and to foster community spirit through positive activities.

On 9th November we were part of the 7,000 strong procession featuring over 150 organisations. In keeping with this year’s theme, we had our float decorated as a Caribbean cruise ship with our band members dressed in bright shirts and Marlon dressed as the Captain!

The Lord Mayor’s show has not only given us the opportunity to pull together as a band, but to collaborate with external organisations also. We worked very closely with art students from The Brit School in terms of putting the float design together. Alongside having performers on the float, members from CSE stunts, a team of professional tumblers and free runners travelled along the parade with us. It was an amazing experience to work with them and the spectators enjoyed the visual aspect. We had a diverse repertoire on the day to show that the steel bands can perform a vast number of difference genres and styles. From ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Do I Do’.

The Lord Mayor’s show dates back to 1215, when King John granted a charter allowing London residents to elect their own mayor. Every year since the newly elected Lord Mayor of London travels from the City of London to Westminster to pledge allegiance to the Crown. It was amazing to be part of such an iconic celebration and to have the opportunity to appear on the BBC showcasing the art of Steel Pan. The Lord Mayor’s show has helped to strengthen our band and given some of our band members’ valuable experience of a high profile performance, as well as time to bond and work towards a project as a group. We hope to do it again one day!

 

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