Date/Time: Saturday, 24 August 2019 from 18:00-23:00
Location: Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, Bosworth Rd/East Row/Kensal Rd, W10
It's that time again... the Panorama Championship is up for grabs. Current title holders, Mangrove will face five contenders, Croydon Steel Orchestra, Ebony, Metronomes, Pan Nation and Phase One. All will be vying for the top accolade in the artistic discipline we know as steelpan. Who will be Panorama Champs for 2019?!
UK National Panorama steelband competition
Saturday 24th August 2019
18:00-23:00 · Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, W10 3DH
Adults - £10
Under 16s - £3
Under 5s - FREE
Every penny goes to the steelbands. Who demonstrate hard work, passion, and dedication to the art of steelpan. For decades the steelbands absorbed the cost of partaking in Panorama with no performance fee. So the price of a ticket is a contribution to that cost, and a gesture of appreciation for the art.
For the best part of an entire year the UK's top steelbands have been putting in the rehearsal hours, and fine tuning their skills for the eagerly anticipated annual UK National Panorama Steelband competition; the most important date on the UK pan lovers’ calendar.
Panorama 2019 will see a total of six steelbands play a ten-minute tune from memory – no sheet music is allowed here! So the pressure is on to deliver a perfect pan rendition. There's only one chance to impress the distinguished judges. One mistake and it's game over!
Panorama was established in 1978, and Mangrove Steelband are the current reigning champions. This year they will be fending off the best the UK has to offer. CSO, Ebony, Metronomes,, Pan Nation, Phase One and will have upped the ante with the aim of claiming the coveted title of UK Panorama Champions for 2019.
In addition to the judges' verdict, there will be an opportunity for the public to vote via the official NHC app - available from :
-Apple Store : http://bit.ly/iOS_NHC
-Google Play : http://bit.ly/android_NHC
The 'People's Choice' will close for voting at midnight. To be announced on Carnival Sunday, Children's Day.
Competing steelbands can consist of up to 100 musicians, creating an energetic atmosphere for the audience. Panorama 2019 will be a ticketed event. With 100% of monies raised equally split amongst each steelband as a mark of appreciation and respect for their hard work, craft and performances on the night. This will also help them to recoup some of the costs incurred, something they have previously absorbed year on year.
There will be changes to the venue which will better utilise the space and give the audience and bands a much more engaging experience.
Panorama competitions are traditionally open-air events and Notting Hill Carnival's Panorama is no exception. Watch the sun set, eat Caribbean food and enjoy the sweet sound of pan while the steel bands get on with the serious business of impressing the judges and the audience alike. The participating steelbands will proudly hold their ranked titles until next year.… when we will do it all again!
The competing bands for this year are:
- Croydon Steel Orchestra
- Ebony Steel Band
- Mangrove Steelband
- Metronomes Steel Orchestra
- Pan Nation
- Phase One Steel Orchestra