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Steel Pan Trust


Sort Code. 09-01-28

Account no. 53304640



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“Steel Pan For Everyone”

London based & working Nationally


Comments from adult pannists:

“It is very easy to learn if you are a beginner, the instructors can ease you into it, or give you more challenging parts if you can manage them. You leave every session with a sense of accomplishment and an extra 'pep in your step.”


“I chose steel pan as it also has a physical aspect that other instruments do not. Playing the steel pan gives my arms and legs a workout while satisfying my love of playing and listening to music.”


“I was able to get ready and leave the house even when my mood was very low and I always left feeling much better. Steel pan sessions became one of the few activities I engaged in regularly.”


“Learning new songs helps to distract you, as you are totally focused on the lesson. Hitting the pans also help to relieve stress and reduce anxiety. You leave the lesson feeling euphoric, which lasts for hours afterwards.”


“My son and I played together for a while, but he had other sporting commitments which took precedence. However, I continued to play because I found playing steel pan to be a great stress relief – for the two hour session it would take my mind off any worries or anxieties in my day to day life and I could immerse myself in learning the notes to play for a couple of hours hence my nickname of #pantherapy .”


“I’ve found that playing steel pan has made me more productive in my business because I would come out of my class buzzing and be in a great place to do an hour of business activity, also with my increasing memory and mental stimulation involved in playing pan.”


“Its really great to see how we have struggled to learn a song initially to getting it under our belt. Really rewarding feeling and feeling proud of ourselves individually and as a group.”


“When I initially started I was a little apprehensive – could I do, would I hold the rest of the group up etc. But it really wasn’t like that.  It was really good to play.”


Comments from professionals:

“The Steel Pan Trust embodies co-production in action as instantly an ‘us’ is built when complete strangers come together and play a few rhythms and tunes.  It creates community cohesion and lets people create something beautiful together which they might never have imagined beforehand.”


“It has been refreshing and uplifting to see everyone so engaged, focused working in synergy and connecting to each other through the universal language of music. One participant said that she felt elated by her participation in the workshop and would like to participate on a regular basis to this type of experiential workshop.”  


“The children enjoy presenting and seeing other performers. (steelpan) also helps with behaviour as the children focus and concentrate in class. And it’s a confidence booster for shy kids. “


“We have several school bands but steelpan is the ‘go to’ band when we have an event – they are so quickly ready to perform. The steel band has great recruitment as many kids want to do it.  The tutor runs classes an entire morning. I’m a classically trained musician, so steelpan is entirely foreign to me, but I think its great and the Headteacher is supportive.”


“I think steel pan is the most wonderful thing for children to learn because it suits people of all abilities, academically and physically. And it means they don’t have to read music, they internalise their musicianship and they play from memory and its absolutely wonderful for their education.”

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St. Pancras Steel Pan: 60 Years on Celebrating 60th Anniversary of

Carnival at St Pancres Town Hall held by Claudia Jones