National Panorama Competition (UK)

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The UK National Panorama Competition, a Saturday evening event that immediately precedes the Notting Hill Carnival, is a major showcase for Trinidad and Tobago Steel Pan, or (Steel Band), music.[1] Held at Emslie Horniman's Pleasance park in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea it typically involves approximately 1,000 performers, and attracts almost 5,000 spectators. Steel Bands from around the UK prepare a music performance, arranged to last for up to 10 minutes, and compete for the Panorama Championship.

Ebony Steel Band Trust has dominated this competition over the years winning nineteen times; although the crown has been passed on to Mangrove Steel Orchestra for 2011

From 2007-2009 the event was held at London's Hyde Park, and broadcast by BBC radio.[2]

Steel Band Competitors 2011[edit]

Band Position (2011)
Mangrove Steel Orchestra 1st
Ebony Steel Band 2nd
Caribbean Steel International 3rd
Croydon Steel Orchestra 4th
London All Stars 5th
Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra 6th


  1. ^ "Panorama UK 2010"; Retrieved 28 March 2011
  2. ^ "UK National Steelband Panorama Competition 2009"; Retrieved 28 March 2011

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