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Junior Panorama Steelband Competition 2K10 in UK

by Robbie Joseph

CSI at the Trafalgar Square Pan Jamboree 2010
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CSI Steelband Trust
CSI Steelband Trust

London, United Kingdom - CSI Steelband Trust retained their BAS/CAPCA (British Association of Steelbands/ Children and Parents Carnival Association) Junior Panorama title for the third consecutive year. This is coupled with their victory at the first Dutch Junior Steelband 2010 competition in Holland in June of this year.

The Kensington Memorial Park at St. Marks Road in London, was transformed into a Carnival Village on Monday August 9, 2010 for the annual CAPCA/BAS Carnival and Junior Panorama competitions.  The warm sunny weather provided that Caribbean ambience to enhance the festivities. Five junior steel bands were due to appear at this year’s Junior Panorama competition:  Ebony, Mangrove, Harlow, CSI (Caribbean Steel International) and CSO (Croydon Steel Orchestra).  Unfortunately owing to circumstances beyond their control, only two bands were able to perform, CSI and CSO.  The park was filled with sweet strains of steelband music from the junior steelbands completing their final rehearsals before the competition, whilst Nostalgia steel band led by Lionel MacCalman accompanied the Carnival parade before the start of the competition. The crowd was also treated to an energetic display by male Indian dancers doing their traditional Sikh ritual dances.

Croydon Steel Orchestra
Croydon Steel Orchestra

BAS/CAPCA under the leadership of Lee Woolford-Chivers hosted the competition.  Junior Panorama judges for 2010 were Chris Storey of Pantasia/Pan Nation, Joel ‘Tubbs’ Hamilton-Mills of Metronomes and Jennifer Clarke-Sofolarin from CAPCA.

CSI Steelband Trust treated the audience to a scintillating Brent Holder arrangement of Iwer George’s, “Nah do Dat.”  CSI’s execution saw them deliver their Panorama rendition filled with vivacity. Their choreographed dancing, tight delivery and dexterity earned them the Champion’s podium again for the third year running.  In second place was CSO under the musical direction of Paul Dowie.  CSO played Paul’s musical arrangement of Shurwayne Winchester’s “Dead or Alive.”  Their strong introduction and lovely crescendos before going into the major were excellent and well received.  Paul continues to work tirelessly,  inspiring his young musicians to produce some exciting 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 – CSI Steelband Trust – 288 points

  • 2nd – Croydon Steel Orchestra – 257 points  

All photos by Robbie Joseph

Contact: Panpodium - Robbie Joseph

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