BAS/CAPCA Junior Panorama Steelband Competition 2K19
Ebony Junior Steelband captured the 2019 UK BAS/CAPCA Junior Steelband Panorama title with their energetic and scintillating musical rendition filled with vivacity of ‘So Long’ by Nadia Batson. Their tight delivery and dexterity earned them the Champion’s podium
The Kensington Memorial Park, St Marks Road, London, W10 was transformed into a Carnival Village on Monday the 12th August 2019 for the annual CAPCA/BAS Carnival and Junior Steelband Panorama competitions. The warm sunny weather provided that Caribbean ambience to enhance the festivities. Three junior steel bands performed at this year’s Junior Steelband Panorama competition, Ebony, Endurance and Sussex Steel.
The park was filled with sweet strains of steelband music from the junior steelbands completing their final rehearsals before the competition.Ebony, Endurance and Sussex Steel battle it out with a great display of their skills as young musicians. The love for pan was evident and all the players were supportive of each other, which was lovely to see. True camaraderie was shown with players from each band supporting the rhythm sections of the other bands and also sharing instruments and even canopies when the heavens opened in true English style weather whilst Endurance was performing.
The British Association of Steelbands (BAS) in partnership with the Children and Parents Carnival Association under the leadership of Lee Woolford-Chivers hosted the competition. Junior Panorama Judges for the 2019 competition were Delphina ‘Panness’ James, Russell Roberts and Shareen Gray of Steelpan Trust.
Ebony scored 256 points to capture the title from the reigning champions, Endurance Steel Orchestra, who treated the audience to a tight and melodic arrangement of Voice’s, ‘ Alive and Well’, which saw them attain second place with 232 points. Sussex Steel who played their musical rendition of Kerwin Du Bois’s ‘Right for Somebody’. Sussex Steel continuesto work tirelessly, inspiring their young musicians to produce some exciting and melodic music. This youthful band had bags of drive and enthusiasm which will prove to be useful assets in future competitions.
On the day the audience was treated to an explosion of sweet steel band music played by young enthusiastic pan musicians. Steel band music continues to be the overall winner; the wealth of music on offer certainly captivated the audience. This infectious music is spreading like a global pandemic and Pan Podium is ably assisting in its dispersion.Everyone is now looking forward to next year’s competition with great enthusiasm. Pan 4 Life!
1st– Ebony Steelband Trust – 256 points
2nd– Endurance Steel Orchestra – 232 points
3rd- Sussex Steel Orchestra – 208 points