The UK Steelpan Tuners Guild was formed on the 4th November 2007. Steelpan craftsmen in the UK who wish to support the development of their craft and industry set up the Guild.
This not for profit organisation was created by Guild members who wished to work together as a benevolent society supporting themselves and their families by the practice of their craft.
Some of their aims include creating a centre for tuning services and technical advice, providing specialist education, training and accreditation, developing a benevolent society for Guild members, creating a forum to develop and share research including future technical developments and improving health and safety guidance in their field.
The Guild was constituted on the 12th December 2010.
Their current members continue to spread their professional services globally offering steelbands and individuals the benefit of their highly honed skills, ensuring that they actively contribute to the growth and expansion of the steelpan culture, capturing audiences and encouraging the birth of steelbands in different parts of the world that are still virgin to this artform.
Some of the other creations and achievements of this talented group of craftmen include the Octopan, Aubrapan Folding Stand, Collapsible Stage, Initiation of the Brixton Carnival to being the first person to introduce the steelpan instrument to the UK National School Curriculum and by 1978 having over 160 schools in the London teaching the artform to students are certainly notable accomplishments.
Quote from Ludwig Van Beethoven, ‘ Music is the mediator between the spiritual and sensual life. Although the spirit be not master of that which it creates through music, yet it is blessed in this creation, which, like every creation of art, is mightier than the artist,’
The appointed executive officers are:
Chairman – Robbie Joseph
Vice –Chair – Toussaint Clarke
Secretary – Cordelia ‘Dene’ Johnney
Treasurer – Aubrey Bryan
Check out their website – www.steelpantuners.com
Contact the UKPTG: Email – Info@steelpantuners.com