NCB Angel Harps marks
with 2005 Panorama Championship
NCB Angel Harps Steel Orchestra last Saturday returned to
winners row with an emphatic victory at the National Panorama Championships
held at the Tanteen Netball Courts.
NCB Angel Harps Carnival
Playing a James Clarkson composition
and arrangement of “B Flat Melody” the Harps scored a total of 273 points,
beating last year’s winners River Road Pan Wizards into second place with
Commancheros placing third and Florida All Stars fourth.
The win marked the return of the Harps to the top after an absence of five
years. The Orchestra last won Panorama in 1999 when the competition was also
held at Tanteen. Playing in first position, the Harps set the tone for the
night and sent a strong message with their performance of Clarkson’s melodic
arrangement with tempo, clarity, energy and sweet pan music. They set a
standard that was never surpassed on the night.
The victory this year was the Harps’ eleventh Championship win, and is the
most by a steel orchestra in Grenada. The win also represented a hat trick
of victories at Tanteen for NCB Angel Harps making them the only Steel
Orchestra to have won the competition at Tanteen. Most of all though,
winning on Saturday ‘gave us the biggest birthday gift we could have hoped
for’ said Gerry Tamar, Captain of the Orchestra, ‘and in any case we
couldn’t have let anyone come into our own backyard and beat us’.
James Clarkson, it was a sweet return to winners row with an arrangement
that was reminiscent of earlier championship years as we wove a beautiful,
sweet weave around B Flat Melody. It was also an excellent execution of a
sweet but technically difficult arrangement by youngsters, most of whom were
playing in their first panorama competition.
It was a fitting result for Grenada’s oldest Steel Orchestra which came from
humble beginnings forty years ago when George Croney, the Boyke brothers,
George Coard and others formed the Angel Harps Steel Orchestra in 1965.
then, Angel Harps has grown into an “institution of pan” and has remained a
part of the greater Carenage area, the community where the orchestra was
born. “Hundreds, maybe as much as one thousand persons have been a part of
this Institution called Angel Harps over the last forty years” says
Secretary of the Orchestra, David Seales. “The Orchestra has provided and
will continue to provide an avenue of meaningful involvement for our youth
in the area of steel pan music. This is one of the main objectives of the
orchestra and one which will ensure the continuity and future success of the
orchestra”. Seales said that the composition of the orchestra for panorama
is “predominantly made up of youths who have come through the orchestra’s
Learners program and the Junior Orchestra program which are both annual
undertakings of the orchestra.” The Orchestra also conducts the pan programs
for the Anglican High School, TA Marryshow Community College and the St.
All photos compliments of David Seales
From the News Desk of
When Steel Talks