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Published on August 24th, 2016 | by Robbie Joseph

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

Endurance is the brainchild of Marlon Hibbert who had the dream of starting his very own steel band. The dream became reality on the 1st July 2009 and the orchestra began with eight musicians, they soon became very busy, performing at all sorts of events in and around South East London, and all the while growing in number steadily to twenty musicians from five surrounding boroughs performing with the Orchestra on a regular basis. Marlon is very proud of the fact that the musicians are all involved in the running of the project and that they are able to help provide lessons and workshops, as well as performing to the public. Endurance is a not for profit organization and as such is committed to using every penny made to reach out to more young people and children, from performing at primary school events where much younger children can see musicians of all different races, all working together to make fun music, to showing their peers when they are out busking or providing a workshop that everyone can work together, no matter what their postcode is, this is what keeps Marlon and the musicians focused and driven, and hopefully his enthusiasm for pan will spill over  into the other members and keep them on the same road.

Marlon is not only looking forward to watching Endurance grow with the years but he hopes to bring out the best in many more musicians, incorporating other instruments, including singers and songwriters in various projects and encouraging budding arrangers to use their creative skills whenever possible. They put this to good use when the orchestra performed for the opening evening of the 58thannual music festival in the village of Ashwell, Hertfordshire, and wowed the sell out crowd with an evening of Pan and Piano, making good use of the piano skills of two of the musicians, treating the audience to some intricate classical pieces as well as some jazz that could have come straight from Ronnie Scotts or even Carnegie Hall!!  The Orchestra has many events, the majority of which were held in very prestigious surroundings, no mean feat for such a young organisation, add to that the corporate events and other performances for the local community and countless private functions and you will see that as a highly competent and entertaining band Endurance are proving very popular.

Endurance Steel Orchestra is a community organisation in South East London. It gives people the opportunity to express and develop their musical talent. Now in its eighth year of running, it continues to build a strong repertoire to entertain audiences at various events.

Endurance aims to enrich the lives of young people through the art of steel pan. Alongside delivering workshops and developing a junior steel band, the orchestra gigs regularly at various events – including national competitions and international performances.

Their notable performances include:

  • London Notting Hill Carnival 2012
  • 58th annual music festival, Ashwell
  • The Lord Mayor’s Show 2013
  • The London Marathon 2013 – 2015
  • BBC Newsnight 2014
  • UK National Panorama Steelband Competition 2015
  • London Notting Hill Carnival 2015
  • International Steelband Festival 2015 – Utrecht, Holland

Endurance are very hands on in their approach to providing the best service possible, especially when it comes to such occasions as weddings, Brides and Grooms are encouraged to think of any special tunes that they would like and the musicians are always happy to provide a tailor made service. Endurance Musicians are encouraged to suggest new tunes for the Orchestra to learn, and those that show aptitude for arranging or teaching are given every opportunity to hone their skills in a friendly and supportive environment. There is a rule in Endurance that no one is ever called or referred to as a kid, a child or a teenager, but as a musician, everyone’s skills are respected and hopefully this will give those who need the boost a little more confidence in what they can achieve.

Now that the project has a permanent home they are now able to look to the future and build the foundations for Endurance to continue and hopefully grow. And they are now able to hold lessons at the Waterside Centre, Avenue Road, South Norwood, London SE25 4DX

Last year Endurance has pulled out all the stops to compete at the UK National Steelband Panorama competition on Saturday 29th August 2015 at Horniman’s Pleasance, Kensal Road, West London. Marlon’s musically arranged rendition of Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe;s ‘ Happiness’  saw them attain 6th place.  This year Endurance will be playing 5Star Akil’s, ‘Different Me’ in position number eight. Playing in first position the year before and now playing in the last position certainly gives Endurance some learning experiences that will benefit them in the future. Look out for this band as they are a young energetic and musically capable crew that continues to positively promote the steelpan culture.Orchestra

2016  Steelbands playing order at the UK National Panorama:

BAND TUNE COMPOSER ARRANGER TUNER(s) MANAGER CAPTAIN
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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