Harmony in Diversity: A Festival of Music
Every summer, a harmonious crescendo reverberates across the country as dedicated school bands gather from far and wide. These bands don't just perform; they inspire, connect and learn. The occasion? School-O-Rama—a festival that's more than just music; it's a celebration of roots, culture and community.
A Melodic Tapestry
Since its inception in 2014 as "Classorama," this festival has evolved into School-O-Rama—a vibrant tapestry woven with performances, workshops and a spirit of togetherness. Over the years, more than 30 schools have graced its stage, with over 500 pupils uniting annually during the school summer term.
Preserving Heritage, Fostering Unity
School-O-Rama isn't merely an event; it's a bridge to our roots, a portal to our culture. It's where connections are forged, where origins are celebrated and where the ties that bind us together are strengthened. This festival isn't just about melodies; it's about socialisation, entertainment and weaving social networks that enrich the pan community.
Music as a Beacon of Joy
In a world that often feels monotonous, School-O-Rama stands as a beacon of joy. Its liveliness and energy inject positivity into our lives, a much-needed balm for the soul. On the day of School-O-Rama, the atmosphere transforms—positivity reigns supreme and the air is filled with the sweet notes of music.
A Symphony of Unity
At School-O-Rama, diversity dances with unity. The event embodies community cohesion, building social capital that extends far beyond its notes. It's an affirmation that music has the power to not only entertain but also to unite hearts, enrich lives and create a shared tapestry of memories.
Celebrating Life's Vibrancy
In a world that yearns for vibrancy, School-O-Rama emerges as an oasis of enthusiasm and jubilation. It's a reminder that music can be more than just a melody—it can be a lifeline, a source of connection and an embodiment of positivity.
Celebrating Excellence in Pan Music Education
Kingsdale Foundation School
Mr. Kishan Shorter, both a former pupil and current pan tutor at Kingsdale Foundation School, has contributed to their remarkable success. With 6 out of 7 wins at School-O-Rama and 3 victories under Kishan's guidance, the school's achievements shine. Steel Pan Trust takes great pride in his role, fostering excellence at Kingsdale Foundation School and sustaining their championship reign since 2018. Their achievements extended to winning a £2,000 prize from UKON Careers at the Barking Carnival, enhancing their school with new steel pans. This collaboration exemplifies the impact of music education in nurturing talents and fostering success.
Harris Academy Coleraine Park
At Harris Academy Coleraine Park, their consistent presence at School-O-Rama since 2014 showcases their dedication. Led by pan tutor Mr. Dan Sadler, their performances bring forth a delightful clean sound. Dan's expertise is further highlighted by his 4 victories at School-O-Rama, with another tutored school, Harris Academy Philip Lane, securing a notable 2nd place in 2022 and 2023. Their commitment yielded rewards, earning them £500 as winners of School-O-Rama 2023. This underscores the positive impact of music education and the vibrant community that School-O-Rama cultivates.
All inclusive steel pan workshops
Upcoming workshops in Ealing, Northolt and Acton in 2024
Harmonise with Us
Join the Steel Pan Trust as we harness the unifying power of music. Our all-inclusive steel pan workshops, scheduled in Ealing, Northolt and Acton, offer a rich tapestry of experiences for people from all walks of life. Open to everyone aged 5 and above, these workshops are perfect for families, individuals or friends eager to embark on a musical adventure.
A Family of Sound: F.A.M.I.L.Y.
Our workshops are more than just music sessions—they are a celebration of community values. We define FAMILY as Friendly, Accessible, Multicultural, Inclusive, Local and Young at Heart. It's a space where all are welcome, regardless of age, background or musical expertise.
Acton Workshop 6pm - 7.30pm (Sign up on Eventbrite here):
Location: Acton Gardens Community Centre, Unit A, Munster Court, Bollo Bridge Rd, London W3 8UU
- Thursdays in January: 11th, 18th, 25th
- Thursdays in February: 1st, 8th
- Thursdays in August: 29th
- Thursdays in September: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Northolt Workshop 4pm - 6pm (Sign up on Eventbrite here):
Location: Community First Foundation, 245 Rectory Park Ave, Northolt UB5 6SD
- Sundays in January: 14th, 21st, 28th
- Sundays in February: 4th, 11th, 18th
- Sundays in September: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
- Sundays in November: 10th, 17th
What to Expect
Each workshop is a symphony of experiences. You'll be treated to a mesmerising steelband performance that resonates with energy and rhythm. And then, the spotlight turns to you. Through our interactive workshops, you'll have the opportunity to play your own steel pan. You'll learn a piece of music during each session, immersing yourself in the art and beauty of the steel pan.
An Instrument for All
The steel pan is a unique instrument that offers a gentle learning curve. With its accessible basics, it doesn't require any prior musical experience. In fact, it's entirely possible for a group with varying musical backgrounds to create a simple melody together in a short span of time. Whether you're a seasoned musician or someone exploring music for the first time, the steel pan welcomes all.
Age knows no bounds in the world of music. We extend our warmest welcome to people of all ages and abilities. While we recommend children from the age of 5 and above, we believe that music's beauty lies in its universality—it knows no age limit.
Join us in discovering the harmonious magic of the steel pan. Let's create melodies, build connections and craft memories that will resonate for a lifetime.
“Our family had an absolute blast at the Ealing workshops! We all learned to play a melody so quickly, and our tutor was fantastic. It's a fun and inclusive experience for all generations.”
“This workshop was absolutely fantastic! The tutor was so engaging, and I had a blast learning to play the steel pan. It's a great experience for anyone interested in music.”
“Attending these workshops with my daughter, who has special needs, was an incredible experience. The inclusive environment and the patience of our tutor made it so enjoyable. We learned melodies together in no time!”
Thank you for your contribution to the Christmas season in 2024. Through your support, we successfully fundraised an impressive £2,929. Our festive journey took us on a tour in Wandsworth, Feltham and Kingston. Your generosity and enthusiasm made it all possible. We look forward to more memorable celebrations in the future!
Transforming Spaces with Melodies: Fundraising Street Performances
A Symphony of Giving: Street Performances that Create Impact
Are you a business seeking to infuse your space with magic? Is your shopping center yearning for a touch of enchantment? Look no further. Our steelband is here to elevate your space while channeling the power of music into positive change. When our melodies resound, every note echoes with impact, as all donations from the public directly contribute to our charitable activities.
A Universal Language, A Timeless Joy
Our 'outreach' street performances transcend ages, genres and eras. Picture this: familiar tunes from different times and genres weaving together a tapestry of unity. From shopping centers to residential areas, we bring music to those who may not easily access live performances. Our outreach performances are beloved by all ages, as they breathe life into melodies that resonate across time.
A Musical Odyssey Across the UK
From bustling city town centers to quiet corners, our music becomes a bridge, connecting hearts across the UK. Collaborating with local musicians, we create symphonies of joy that echo through communities. For our volunteers, street performances are more than musical interludes; they're opportunities to interact with crowds, to uplift spirits and to revel in the joy of music.
Where Melodies Blossom and Hearts Unite
Street performances aren't just about melodies; they're about creating connections. For musicians, it's a chance to be entertainers, crowd-pleasers and mood-lifters. It's also an opportunity to introduce the entrancing sound of steel pan to new ears, inspiring joy and curiosity in places unfamiliar with its magic.
A Journey of Over 20 Towns
Our journey of melodies has taken us to over 20 city town centers, from Chichester to Oxford, from Eastbourne to Canterbury. Our spring tours and December performances, with beloved 'carols on steel,' create a symphony of seasonal joy that resonates with the hearts of the public.
Elevate Your Celebration, Elevate Lives
Are you planning a celebration or a community event? Imagine the atmosphere transforming as live steel pan melodies infuse the air. Our music isn't just notes; it's an ambience, an emotion, a memory in the making.
Contact Us to Elevate Your Event with Melodies
Join us in spreading joy, connecting hearts and contributing to positive change. Contact us today and let's weave melodies that echo in hearts long after the music ends.
Elevate the Soloist
Pan Clash 2023 at Bush Hall, W12
Celebrating Steel Pan Excellence
Welcome to Pan Clash 2023, a spectacular showcase of young steel pan talent and a celebration of the vibrant steel pan community. This annual event, organised by Steel Pan Trust, brings together the best young soloist performers to compete, collaborate and inspire.
A Platform for Rising Stars
Pan Clash was founded in 2007 with a vision to recognise and empower young individuals in the steel pan industry. Over the years, it has become a platform for rising stars, providing them with an opportunity to shine on stage and increase their confidence as soloist performers. Held in October/November as part of Black History Month celebrations, Pan Clash has gained recognition and support, including past sponsorship from the MOBO Awards.
Two Categories, One Stage
Pan Clash 2023 featured two exciting categories: the Under 16-Years Old Competition and the 16-24 Years Old Competition. These categories showcased the incredible talent and versatility of young pan players, with each performer bringing their unique style and passion to the stage.
A Showcase of Skill and Creativity
In the Under 16-Years Old Competition, talented young musicians played their hearts out, competing for the prestigious titles. The competition was fierce and the judges had the challenging task of selecting the winners. Congratulations to all the participants for their outstanding performances.
A Triumph of Musical Talent
The 16-24 Years Old Competition brought together exceptional pan players who displayed their prowess in creating melodies and rhythms. With a mix of original compositions and classic tunes, this category was a testament to the creativity and innovation of young steel pan artists.
An Electrifying Improvisation Round
One of the highlights of Pan Clash 2023 was the improvisation round in the 16-24 Years Old Category. Soloists had the opportunity to showcase their improvisational skills, taking the audience on a musical journey filled with surprises and innovation.
A Grateful Acknowledgment
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the judges, house band, hosts, volunteers, and trustees who made Pan Clash 2023 possible. Your dedication and support are instrumental in nurturing the next generation of steel pan musicians.
Congratulations to the Champions
Pan Clash 2023 proudly crowned Romaya and Lushan as the champions in their respective categories. These talented individuals have demonstrated exceptional skill, dedication and artistry in the world of steel pan.
Join Us Next Year
Pan Clash is more than a competition; it's a celebration of steel pan culture and a platform for young talent to shine. We look forward to welcoming you to Pan Clash 2024, where we will continue to foster the growth of steel pan excellence and celebrate the future stars of this remarkable art form.
Thank you for being part of Pan Clash 2023 and stay tuned for more exciting updates from Steel Pan Trust!