pop and jazz from BT Melodians
a pan playing Tchaikovsky may sound incredible but that is exactly
what the BT Melodians Steel Orchestra do. Since their inception
in 1987 the Orchestra has been presenting on pans, a wide repertoire
of music including classical, modern, calypso, pop and jazz with
frequent performances in UK and Europe, for distinguished audiences
including the British Royal family.
originated in Trinidad almost 50 years ago as a Caribbean folk tradition.
In an island where people were seeking ways of producing unique
and exciting sounds, experiments were made with materials on hand.
The Trinidadians were not slow to take advantage of the fuel containers
abandoned by the American forces at the end of the Second World
War. These oil drums were perfect material for shaping notes, the
process of which has become increasingly sophisticated.
A full set
of pans that are mounted on frames, considered the world's youngest
acoustic instrument, can produce the same range of notes as a traditional
symphony orchestra, an art the BT Melodians have perfected. The
award winning BT Melodians Steel Orchestra also provides opportunities
for young people from varied social and racial backgrounds to develop
musical skills and techniques.
The group led
by Terry Noel will perform at the BMICH on June 25 from 7.00 to
10.00 p.m. Sponsored by the Airport Garden Hotel and Sri Lankan
Airlines, the entire proceeds will be in aid of the 'Hope Project'
of the Children's Cancer Hospital.