Show support for pan, youth
It is a travesty that there is such a dearth of high-quality, concert hall pan music throughout the year in the land that prides itself on having invented pan, the national musical instrument.
So it is indeed refreshing that the Skiffle Steel Orchestra from San Fernando has chosen Queen’s Hall as the venue for a re-worked version of its highly-acclaimed concert, Skiffle Through The Years, which was performed at the South Academy of the Performing Arts in March this year.
In addition to Skiffle, music lovers can look forward to hearing from the evergreen Black Stalin, tenor George Cumberbatch, former Children-of-Mastana winner Nadia Madhoo and popular local band 3Canal.
Dr Jeff Jones of Sweet Briar College in the United States, who played for Skiffle at Panorama 2013, will be a guest conductor and performer.
One striking feature of Skiffle is the preponderance of young (12 to 21 years old) players. But don’t be fooled by their youthful appearance—they can play pan with the best in the world.
All too often, we pay lip service to the pan and our youth. Here is a wonderful opportunity to show support for our national musical instrument and some young people who can teach us a lot about discipline, hard work and dedication to a cause. The experience will be more than worth the price of admission.