2012 UK Panorama Finals, Elsmsie Horniman's Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, London W10, Saturday 25th August 2012 - Results & Commentary

British Association of Steelbands Presents

2012 UK National Panorama Competition - Finals

Elsmsie Horniman's Pleasance Park
Kensal Road
London W10
Saturday 25th August 2012, 7pm - 10pm

Order of Play:

No Band Tune / Comp. Arrgr. Tuner Captain
1 Mangrove All Over / F. Lyons André White Toussaint Ian Clarke Andrew Facey
2. CSI Steelband Vibes / M. Loquan/ D. Garcia/
K. Philmore
Brent Holder    
3. Metronomes Steel Orchestra Archbishop of Pan / L. Sharpe/G. Ballantyne Ken 'Professor' Philmore    
4. Ebony Steel Orchestra Vibes / M. Loquan/ D. Garcia/
K. Philmore
Seion Gomez Dudley Dixon Albert Faustine
5. Real Steel Prophet of Pan / T. Forde Leroy Clarke    
6. Croydon Gie Dem Tempo / E. Pouchet/A. Daniell Paul Dowie Emily Lemmerman, Mark Wilson, Will Dunne Megan Francis
 
 Judges : June Bacchus Ifill, Robert Bailey, Anise Hadeed, Rudy Smith and Nestor Sullivan.
 Adjudicator :  Junior Howell

Please note - all data inc. results without warranty of accuracy.





ABS Poster 2012
UK 2012 Panorama Championship Results
 
Pos. Band Tune / Comp. Arrgr. Tuner Captain
1 Real Steel Prophet of Pan / T. Forde Leroy Clarke    
2 Mangrove All Over / F. Lyons André White Toussaint Ian Clarke Andrew Facey
3 CSI Steelband Vibes / M. Loquan/ D. Garcia/
K. Philmore
Brent Holder    
4 Ebony Steel Orchestra Vibes / M. Loquan/ D. Garcia/
K. Philmore
Seion Gomez Dudley Dixon Albert Faustine
5 Metronomes Steel Orchestra Archbishop of Pan / L. Sharpe/G. Ballantyne Ken 'Professor' Philmore    
6 Croydon Gie Dem Tempo / E. Pouchet/A. Daniell Paul Dowie Emily Lemmerman, Mark Wilson, Will Dunne Megan Francis

Date of Compilation / Commentary: 2012/08/26
2012 UK Panorama Finals, Elsmsie Horniman's Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, London W10,
Saturday 25th August 2012 - Results & Commentary

Commentary

Congratulations to the new Champions, Real Steel, who took the title from defending Champions Mangrove!

However, going through the tunes played by all the contestants, one cannot fail to notice that every single one still comes from this year's crop in Trinidad & Tobago. Now in a way this is actually quite sad.

Given the over all pretty high standard of calypso and soca by British calypsonians these days, and the rising standard of British pan, isn't it time British steel bands should play the tunes of British calypsonians, and thus, in a manner of speaking, finally cut the umbilical? At least, in the Championship? Until this happens, British pan will never come of age and just remain a very pale, second rate imitation of Trini pan and Trini Panorama. Why go this route when it could be a real first rate British pan and British Panorama? Isn't it time to foster local talent all round, from calypsonians to arrangers?

Isn't it high time that the Association of British Steelbands got their heads together with those of the Association of British Calypsonians to sort this situation out?

There are other issues in relation to the pan movement in general and Panorama in particular that greatly sadden me, and indeed sometimes infuriate even. None of this, incidentally, is meant as pure and simple criticism, rather, I am merely trying to be constructive, fair, and objective.

Take publicity. Have you ever tried to google for UK Panorama or anything connected with it? It is almost an exercise in futility! Is it really too much to expect to find a few relevant results, pointing to well maintained, relevantly informative web sites, at or near the top of the first Google results page? This, at the very least, would be essential! As well as at least an easy to find, well maintained, relevantly informative page on Facebook and preferably also an event page for the Panorama Finals.

Would this really be too much to expect? I don't think so. It would greatly help the pan movement and Panorama in this country, and could  easily  be achieved with the  employment

 

of a good, professional PR outfit, and that does not even necessarily cost the earth today. Does the Association of British Steelbands not realise that publicity and good PR are everything in this business, especially so in this day and age of the internet? Without this, pan and Panorama cannot grow, as it must, to stay healthy and survive as an inclusive cultural movement and institution of a healthy multicultural society. Instead, it may well become more and more exclusive, limited to its original community and a few knowledgeable aficionados.

And still on the topic of growth, isn't it also time for the Panorama Finals to move to a more easily accessible and larger venue, with a proper temporary stage and grandstand/s? I'm not suggesting anything on the grand scale of 'de big yard,' that would, at least for the foreseeable future, be quite absurd of course. Just something of a decent size and more accessible. And along with that, surely it would be time to move away from the free event model and to an appropriately priced admission to at least help with the costs.

Given professional PR and project management, and the will to succeed, all of this would be achievable without too much difficulty. Sound commercial sponsorship would also help. And a sound model of payment for panmen and panwomen, with a worthwhile prize for the winning panside.

Of course, pansides themselves need to get onto a sound financial basis. This surely must include the return of commercial sponsorship. Again, PR could be the key here.

Considering this year marked the 35th London Panorama Championship, the current over all state of affairs really is not good enough. It surely is time to move forward, and by giant leaps. Onwards and upwards! I wish the British steel pan movement well in this and in all things.
 

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