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Published on August 23rd, 2016 | by Robbie Joseph


UK National Panorama 2016 – Panyard Round Up – Croydon Steel Orchestra

Croydon Steel Orchestra is a youth and community steel band based in the London borough of Croydon, which was set up in 2000.  The Orchestra aims to promote “pan” as a style of music and the steel band as a family of instruments in their own right as well as to promote the tuition of steel band in schools, enabling as many children as possible the opportunity to learn the art of pan.

CSO has been competing in the UK Panorama competition for at least eleven years and their founder, Paul Dowie, has certainly created a musical platform for the young people of Croydon and surrounding boroughs to attend, learn, experiment, explore and perform musical renditions in various genres at numerous venues.

CSO musical director is Paul Dowie.  Their Joint managers are Leanne Finch-Tanner and Sue with Peter Holman and Jody Humphries as their joint captains. Vice-Captain is Adam Parke.

CSO performed at the initial BAS South London Blockorama and Family Fun Day at the South Norwood Playing Fields in July. 2014. The event is the first of many events that BAS organised to celebrate the 50thanniversary of steelbands in the Notting Hill Carnival.

For the 2016 UK National Steelband Panoramam competition their tune of choice is ‘Different Me’ by 5Star Akil. David Ijaduola is their musical arranger who motivates this band of youthful, talented and energetic players to achieve their best results.

If you fancy listening to CSO before the competition on Saturday, then call Paul on 07956 147582 or Email: to visit their panyard at
Fairchildes Panyard​
Fairchildes Ave​nue
New Addington​

They are now looking forward to the National competition on Saturday 27th August at the Horniman’s Pleasance, Kensal Road of Ladbroke Grove.  The competition is carded to start at 7: 00 p.m.

UK Panorama 2016 Finalists – Order of Appearance

CSI Steelband Trust Pan By Storm Designer Brent Holder “Mapo” Richardson Brent Holder MBE  Tanisha Elcock
Ebony Steelband Cheers to Life Voice Duvone Stewart Dudley Dickson Pepe Francis MBE Anesha Carbon
Real Steel Nostalgia Carlton ‘Panman’ Harewood Leroy Clarke Toussaint Clarke Leroy Clarke
Mangrove Steel Band Different Me 5Star Akil Andre White Bertrand “Birch” Kellman Debi Gardner Andrew Facey
Metronomes Steel Orchestra Different Me 5Star Akil Annise ‘Halfers’ Hadeed Toussaint Clarke & Grafton Yearwood Eversley Mills Vivian Miller
Croydon Steel Orchestra Different Me 5Star Akil David Ijaduola Emily “Bacchanal” Lemmerman Paul Dowie Jody Moosetach-Humphries & Temitayo Ken Afolabi
London All Stars Soca Ruption Simon Superville Phil ‘DBL’ Rollock Frank Rollock Frank Rollock Shanai Rollock
Endurance Steel Orchestra Different Me 5Star Akil Marlon Hibbert Toussaint Clarke & Yann Brabant Shareen Gray Marlon Hibbert


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