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Published on August 30th, 2012 | by Robbie Joseph

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Real Steel captures UK Panorama ‘Champions of Steel’ Title

Real Steel Orchestra led by Leroy Clarke haling from Plymouth captured the 35th BAS Notting Hill Steelband Panorama 2011  ‘Champions of Steel’ title –  celebrating the 50th Anniversaries of the Independence for Trinbago and Jamaica as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Olympics and Para Olympics in the UK. 

Real Steel led by young, innovative and talented Leroy Clarke has toppled the London steelbands which have dominated the winning podium for more than a decade.

Leroy and Real Steel have been in the winners’ shadows for some time. In fact, the first year that they entered the competition, they attained 2nd place, a massive feat for an orchestra new to this level of competition.  They did not compete in last ear’s competition. In this iconic year for the UK, they finally achieved their goal of being the UK’s ‘Champions of Steel’.  Leroy’s rendition of Tellison ‘Tello’ Forde’s, Prophet of Pan - sung by Keith ‘Designer’ Prescott saw them amass 270 points, eight points clear of last year’s Champions, Mangrove Steelband, led by Andre White.

Speaking to Leroy after the Panorama he confirmed, ‘ the band played well on the night, we executed superbly and playing in the rain certainly seemed to give us that extra drive and enthusiasm to deliver a winning rendition. I will like to congratulate all my players as well as all the other bands who played in another successful UK Panorama competition after battling with the rainy weather on the day.’

2012 marks the 50th Anniversaries of the Independence for Trinbago and Jamaica as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Olympics and Para Olympics in the UK.  Steelband music has firmly rooted itself in the UK’s culture. It is an important ingredient in the cultural fabric of multi-cultural Britain and has spread virally throughout the UK and Europe.

Panorama is a focal point for all Carnival celebrations globally where top steel bands come together in a musical battle for supremacy.  This year’s Notting Hill Panorama was held on Saturday 26th August 2012 at the Horniman’s Pleasance, Kensal Road off Ladbroke Grove. The event started at 8:00 p.m. and was finished by 10:30 p.m. as directed by the Metropolitan Police and other authorities.

The ‘Drag’ where the bands practice on Kensal Road before the competition was opened from 2:00 p.m. giving the pan lovers the opportunity to listen to all the bands practice before the competition started. Unfortunately, the prevailing weather saw the heavens open and heavy sporadic thundershowers stopped they players from practicing for long periods having to seek shelter from the heavy downpours.

Mangrove Steelband, defending Champions played first and placed second with 262 points from their Andre White’s rendition of Fay Ann Lyons ‘All Over’  by the Baron and produced by Penn&Ace of Studio 758. Mangrove treated the audience to a musical treat that left everyone singing along to their captivating delivery.

In third place was CSI with 261 points. Brent Holder’s musically arranged rendition of Destra Garcia’s, ‘Vibes’ was certainly a musical treat to all in attendance.  Brent is the first UK based Trinidadian to have his own composition played at this iconic competition, Pan in the Panyard.  Ebony Steelband Trust who has dominated this competition, winning it nineteen times since its inception achieved fourth place with a Seion Gomez’s rendition of Destra Garcia’s, ‘Vibes’ amassing 248 points. This is Seion’s first appearance at this competition and judging from the exhilirating music that he produced and which was well executed by Ebony’s talented players, Pan Podium hopes that he returns next year to continue his winning chances at this competition.

In 5th place was Metronomes Steel Orchestra who was absent from last year’s competition.  Playing a Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore’s rendition of the legendary Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe’s ‘Archbishop of Pan’ saw them attain 247 points.  Professor and Metronomes continue to produce a high level of musicality ensuring that the standard  at this competition is maintained and continues to progress towards the ultimate goal of perfecton.

Paul Dowie and CSO continued their musical quest to achieve the Champions of Steel title with his rendition of Edwin Pouchet’s ‘Gie Dem Tempo’, sung by Denyse Plummer, written by Pouchet and Alvin Daniell. CSO achieved 6th place with 232 points. It is evident that Paul continues to work with his young and talented players to achieve the pinnacle of steelband music. They are present at every panorama and Pan Podium fuly support them in their quest for musical stardom.

It was an evening filled with steelband music at its highest levels. The musical war between these magnificent steelbands saw this battle keenly fought by all competitors vying for the coveted title of the UK’s ‘Champions of Steel’.  The musical supremacy on the night certainly belonged to Steelband Music with Real Steel Orchestra being crowned the UK Steelband Ambassador for 2012.

Results

BAND                                                TUNE                                       POINTS

1st    Real Steel Orchestra                 Prophet of Pan                         270

2nd   Mangrove Steel Band                All Over                                    262

3rd   CSI Steelband Trust                    Vibes                                        261

4th   Ebony Steelband Trust              Vibes                                         248

5th   Metronomes Steel Orchestra    Archbishop of Pan                    247

6th   Croydon Steel Orchestra          Gie Dem Tempo                       232

Panorama is the biggest showcase for steel pan music in London. The judges for the event were Annise ‘Halfers’ Hadeed, Nestor Sullivan, June Ifill-Bacchus, Robert Bailey and Rudy ‘Two Lef’ Smith with Robbie Joseph as the Adjudicator. 

Please check www.panpodium.com for a written review, photographs and videos of the performance. Everyone is now looking forward to the 2013 UK Panorama ‘Champions of Steel’ competition.

 

Previous Winners of the Notting Hill ‘Champions of Steel’ Panorama

 

UK PANORAMA WINNERS

YEAR

1ST

2ND

3RD

2012

Real Steel Orchestra

Mangrove Steel Band

CSI Steel Band

2011

Mangrove Steel Band

Ebony Steel Band

CSI Steel Band

2010

Ebony Steel Band

Mangrove Steel Band

Real Steel

2009

Ebony Steel Band

Mangrove Steel Band

CSI Steel Band/Real Steel

2008

Ebony Steel Band

Real Steel Orchestra

Southside Harmonics Steel Orchestra

2007

Ebony Steel Band

Stardust Steel Orchestra

Mangrove

2006

Ebony Steel Band

Stardust Steel Orchestra

Southside Harmonics

2005

Ebony Steel Band

Stardust Steel Orchestra

Southside Harmonics

2004

Mangrove Steel Band

Ebony Steel Band

Glissando Steel Band

2003

Mangrove Steel Band

Ebony Steel Band

Glissando Steel Band

2002

Mangrove/North Stars

Real Steel

2001

Ebony Steel Band

Mangrove Steel Band

Metronomes

2000

Mangrove Steel Band

Ebony Steel Band

Glissando Steel Band

1999

Ebony Steel Band

Mangrove Steel Band

Glissando Steel Band

1998

Ebony Steel Band

Southside

Eclipse

1997

Ebony Steel Band

Glissando Steel Band

Eclipse

1996

Ebony Steel Band

Eclipse

Mangrove

1995

Ebony Steel Band

Pantonic

Lambeth Youth

1994

Ebony Steel Band

Pantonic

Lambeth Youth

1993

Ebony Steel Band

Metronomes

Mangrove

1992

Ebony Steel Band

Mangrove/Metronomes

Pantonic

1991

Ebony Steel Band

Mangrove

London All Stars/North Stars

1990

Mangrove

Ebony

Metronomes

1989

Ebony

Mangrove

Metronomes ( Issac Newton School)

1989

London All Stars

Stardust

Bromyard Centre

1988

Ebony

Metronomes

Mangrove

1987

Phase 1

London All Stars

Stardust

1986

Mangrove

Ebony

Stardust

1985

London All Stars

Mangrove

Ebony

1984

Metronomes

Ebony

Mangrove

1983

Ebony

Metronomes

Mangrove

1982

Metronomes

Ebony

London All Stars

1981

Mangrove/Metronomes

London All Stars

1980

London All Stars

Ebony

Metronomes

1979

Metronomes

Paddington Youth

Ebony

1978

Paddington Youth

Metronomes

Glissando

 


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