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Published on August 25th, 2015 | by Robbie Joseph

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UK National Panorama 2015 ‘Champions of Steel’ – Panyard Round Up – Metronomes Steel Orchestra

Metronomes are celebrates their 42nd anniversary  this year. The Metronomes Steel Orchestra (MSO) was formed in 1973 by Phil Dubique and Irvin Corridan, although the band existed previously under different names. This family based steel band is an established UK steel pan icon and has effectively contributed to this wonderful art form for more than forty years. MSO is currently managed by Eversley ‘Breeze’ Mills – vice chairman of BAS. Metronomes are constantly extending their expertise and developing an in-depth knowledge of the evolution of music & this musical instrument called the steel pan.

Arrangers who have worked with the band previously include, Freddie Totesaut, Kyron Akal, Ken “Professor” Philmore, Yohann Popwell, Pedro Burgess, Anderson Cupid, Stephon Phillip & Justin Richardson.
The band has two main principles, to promote the steel pan art form and Carnival culture in the UK and to play a positive role within the community, encouraging musical development and self – confidence for all.

Metronomes have had several major achievements:

* Winners at the UK Steel Band Music Festival in 1976.

* Won the UK National Panorama four times and six times as runners up.

* Played at the opening of the Channel Tunnel.

* BAS Pan Explosion winners in 2000 and 2001.

* They have also won the Notting Hill “On the Road Competition” twice.

They continue to tour the UK & Ireland, from house parties to award ceremonies, including the 2009 Calabash Awards and have previously completed many international tours, including September 2005 in Leipzig, Germany on an invitation from the T&T High Commission.

Metronomes provide entertainment for all functions including weddings, birthdays, corporate events and many more. With their eclectic repertoire, they are certain they have music for all occasions. We also provide classes for young people and anyone interested in learning to play the steel pans.

In 2012, they captured 5th place and as was absent from previous 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.  In 2013, Metronomes employed the services of Anise ‘Halfers’ Hadeed as their musical arranger and their tune of choice was ‘Shock Attack’ by Edwin Pouchet and Alvin Daniell and sung by Denyse Plumber. They achieved 2nd place in the competition. This was followed by another 2nd placing in 2014 when they played Carnival Tabanca arranged by ‘Halfers’. The combination of ‘Halfers’ and Metronomes appears to be one that will reap awards. 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 perfection. Their tune of choice for 2015 is ‘Ah Feeling’ composed and sung by Lead Pipe and Saddis.

 

Metronomes Steel Orchestra Contact details:

Address: Meanwhile Gardens Community Associations

156–158 Kensal Road London W10 5NB

Telephone: 07774 216 746

Agent: metronomesteelorch@hotmail.com

Website:  http://www.metronomes.org.uk

 

UK Panorama 2015 Finalists Playing Positions:

Band Tune Arranger Composer Singer
Endurance Steel Orchestra Happiness Marlon Hibbert Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe

 

Olatunji Yearwood
Metronomes Steel Orchestra Ah Feeling Anise ‘Halfers’ Hadeed Lead Pipe and Saddis Lead Pipe and Saddis
Croydon Steel Orchestra Like Ah Boss  

David Ijaduola

Machel Montano Machel Montano
Mangrove Steel Band In My House Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe Oba Oba
Real Steel Jam Dem Hard Leroy Clarke  Denise Belfon  Denise Belfon
Ebony Steelband Trust Ah Feeling Duvonne Stewart Lead Pipe and Saddis Lead Pipe and Saddis
CSI Steelband Trust Ah Feeling Brent Holder MBE Lead Pipe and Saddis Lead Pipe and Saddis


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