Coronavirus and live music how will the industry adapt

COVID-19 and Live Music: the way ahead for the gigging musician

Simon Spillett looks at the prospects for the gigging musician as Lockdown begins to ease   Lockdown Muse Picture the scene. It’s June 2021 and two musicians bump into each other in the street. One is a modestly talented semi-professional whose performance prospects generally extend no further than the odd pub gig. The other is […]

Panorama Steelband competition in Trinidad – Isn’t everyone a winner?

STOP PRESS: DESPERADOES WIN 2020 PANORAMA TO BECOME THE MOST SUCCESSFUL STEEL BAND IN PANORAMA HISTORY! It’s name is ‘Panorama’ and it is the annual music competition of steelbands from Trinidad and Tobago. The first official Trinidad Panorama took place in 1963 and it was the chairman of the Carnival Development Committee at the time, […]

Locals Brave Rain For School Steel Band Performance

The reputation of one school’s steel band is so high that locals turned out in full force last weekend to see the group perform, despite the wet weather. Members of the Whitmore High School Steel Band gave the performance of their lives at Pinner Memorial Park on Sunday (July 29th), This Is Local London reported. […]

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How Steel Drums Classes Can Benefit Growing Schools

When you head off to school, you have an opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument. You will, unsurprisingly, want to play guitar and live out your dreams of becoming a rock star. However, it’s not necessarily impressive to learn an instrument that thousands of people can already play. Alternatively, you could expand […]

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Steel Drums Herald Westminster Windrush Anniversary

There’s no more fitting sound to pay respect to the Windrush generation than a Caribbean steel band, and that’s what attendees of the thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey were treated to in celebration of 70 years since the arrival of Caribbean migrants on the Empire Windrush Ship. It’s been a controversial time for the government […]

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Steel Band Features In Girls’ School Celebrations

An all girls school in Wanstead has been celebrating its centenary with a host of activities and events, including a performance by a steel band for pupils and staff. The Ilford Recorder reported that St Joseph’s Convent School chose to celebrate its 100th anniversary by putting on a day full of fun activities for its […]

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Pupils Enjoy Musical Month At Primary School

Although there’s a lot that has to be covered under the national curriculum, that doesn’t mean that primary schools can’t give pupils a chance for some extra, enriching experiences during their time at school. This is exactly what St Francis Catholic Primary School in Bradford did in May, when it ran its month-long celebration of […]

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Calls For Schools To Focus On Music

A number of musicians and musical organisations have come together to urge schools not to give up on providing music education for youngsters. The BBC spoke to a number of people within the industry at the recent The Great Escape Festival, where band Wolf Alice said that if they hadn’t had access to music lessons […]

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Steel Band To Greet Royal Wedding Guests

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly going to have a steel band to welcome guests at their festival and carnival-themed wedding after-party, with the prince specifically requesting this kind of music. The Mirror revealed what the couple have planned for their guests who will be invited to Frogmore House in Windsor Castle for a […]

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A Potted History Of The Steel Pan

Now that it feels as though summer is finally here, with a brilliantly hot May Bank Holiday only just behind us, there’s no better music to accompany the sunshine than the intriguing and unique sound than a steel pan band. No doubt you’ve come across the interesting range of notes of steel drums before, but have […]

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What is the Best Era for Christmas Music?