STANDING OVATION: Members of San City Steel Symphony, under the guidance of conductor Aquil Arrindell De Caires, perform “Skyfall” by Adele during the preliminary round of Orchestra Steelbands at Pan is Beautiful XII on Saturday night at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain. See Page 22
—Photo: AYANNA KINSALE
San City Symphony brings down the house with ‘Skyfall’
This is the end, hold your breath and count to ten...”
— “Skyfall” Adele and Paul Epworth
As if to mimic the lyrics of the song, San City Steel Symphony, from Carib Street, San Fernando, produced about ten minutes of orchestral pop music that earned them a standing ovation and the loudest applause at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain on Saturday night.
The occasion was the preliminary round of the Orchestra Category of Pan Trinbago’s Pan is Beautiful XII.
The band, which included some tiny tots, came on stage exuding confidence and played and captured perfectly the official theme song of the latest James Bond film, Skyfall.
Just as Skyfall. was number one at the box office, so too was San City’s performance.
The young players understood what they had to do and, under the baton of Aquil Arrindell De Caires, produced a dramatic performance of his adaption of the theme song.
San City also did well on the test piece, Black Stalin’s “Mr Pan Maker” as adapted by Damien St Clair.
After the performance De Caires said the youths started practising at the end of August and were very focussed because they liked the song.
“Despite their ages, these players have been to several Panorama competitions so I have confidence in their ability,” said De Caires.
Before San City, playing in position one, defending champions Republic Bank Exodus produced a well thought-out “Moods of the Maestro”, adapted by Pelham Goddard.
The piece included songs by Cecil “Maestro” Hume such as “Fiery”, “Bionic Man”, “Tempo”, “Tanty”, “Savage” and “Gold”.
Exodus also produced a test piece with different moods and music to the delight of the audience.
T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps also produced a fantastic performance with their tune of choice, “The Voices in my Head”, composed, adapted and conducted by Clarence Morris.
The band from Enterprise Village in Central Trinidad evoked thunderous applause for their performance.
Under the direction of Akua Leith, members of Clico Sforzata gave a good performance of “Jupiter” and it was a pleasure to see the young pannists reading the music while they played.
Trevor “Inch High” Valentine kept Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille in check as he conducted his adaption of Verdi’s “The Force of Destiny” as their tune of choice.
BpTT Renegades’ performance of Johannes Brahms “Academic Festival Overture” as adapted and conducted by Desmond Waithe, also provided the audience with great music. And the Codrington Pan Family provided listeners with a moving rendition of the test piece and an interesting performance of Keisha Codrington’s composition “The Pan with Love, Our Gift to the World”.
Pan is Beautiful XII continued last evening at the Savannah.