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KEVI Steel

KEVI Steel now has 38 members across 3 bands and boasts a healthy adult band too. The Morpeth pan army has had an excellent year of panning with performances at the Whalton Show, Sanderson Arcade, a joint concert with the Jazz Band, a tour to Assisi, Italy and a special performance at The Sage Gateshead. Back in November, 50 steel pannists from The Three Rivers Learning Trust (Chantry, Newminster and KEVI Schools) were selected to form a mass steel band to perform at The Sage Gateshead. KEVI pupils performed Happiest Man Alive and Dance of the Little Swans and the Chantry/Newminster joint band performed Titanium.

They are looking forward to recording their first CD later this summer.

Many of the KEVIs pannists successfully auditioned for the NSO and are looking forward to representing the North-East at Junior Panorama competition in London on the 10thAugust.

You can catch KEVI at a range of events across Northumberland including the Morpeth Fair Day, Rothbury Food & Craft Fair, Alnwick market place.

Chantry & Newminster

As always Chantry and Newminster pannists put on a good show at Wansbeck Music Festival and impressed the judges with their range of musical genres, technique and musicianship. Chantry pannists fared very well in the small ensemble category coming came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their groups. A special well done to Chantrys Miriam Cummins who was the youngest soloist to take part in the competition and performed a beautiful rendition of Delibes Flower Duet and was placed 2nd in her category. Both Chantry and Newminster have welcomed new players this year who have all enhanced the already thriving pan scene in Morpeth. Both bands are looking forward to performing in more assemblies, school concerts and busking in Morpeth.

Steel-by-the-Sea

Newbiggin is fast becoming a steel pan hotspot with the ever growing Steel by the Sea. The band welcomed new players in September who have worked hard to learn repertoire ready for performances at Northumberland Church of England Academy and a very confident performance at the bandstand as part of the Vintage Newbiggin Festival on Easter Sunday. They played to a large crowd and enjoyed the Easter Sunday sunshine.

Bedlington Station First School

Bedlington Station First School are enjoying their second year of panning with tutor Jenny Gilberg. This year all pupils in year 5 and 6 are learning steel pan as part of a wider opportunity scheme. Both bands are very enthusiastic and perform extremely well. This years year 6 band managed to retain their predecessors U11 title at Wansbeck Music Festival with another stand out performance. There are now established progression routes for young pannists in Bedlington who can now go on to play at Bedlingtonshire High School with tutor Kieran Finney.

Northumberland Church of England Academy (Ashington)

NCEA Steel Band have had a very focused term learning new pieces for local music festivals and the school Spring Concert 25th March 2015. For the very first time NCEA performed alongside Steel-by-the-Sea, who are a community steel band from Newbiggin, who are just a mile or two up the road from them. They jointly performed ‘Titanium’ and ‘Wake me up’ as well as doing one or two numbers individually. Year 4 from Josephine Butler Primary Campus have also been learning steel pan and impressed the audience with a very competent performance at the Spring Concert.

NCEA had another successful year at the Wansbeck Music Festival winning their ensemble and solo categories but they were just pipped to the post in the U13 band category but still came a very respectable 2nd place. They are hoping to regain their title next year. All in all lots to be proud of.