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2009 Calendar of RASPO Performances

Calypso and Carols
TUESDAY 22 DECEMBER 2009 11am - 4pm

RASPO Steel Orchestra performance
Broad Street - outside M&S opposite Oracle entrance, Reading
RASPO will entertain festive shoppers with a selection of calypso and carols.
CANCELLED due to extreme weather conditions!

The 20th Century Steel Band Album Re-Launch
CANCELLED WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2009
Doors 7pm
JAZZ CAFE London
Pan innovator and pioneer Michael 'Bubbles' Olivier has re-created the infamous 20th Century Steel Band for the relaunch of 'Warm Heart Cold Steel' featuring the all time classic 'Heaven and Hell'. The CD album and 12' EP is now available on iTunes Mr Bongo Records


PAN FEVER - THE MUSICAL
Sunday 25 October 2009
6.30pm-10pm
RASPO Steel Orchestra BHM show
THE CONCERT HALL, Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading
Tickets £5 Box Office 0118 9606060
See pictures on Facebook

PAN FEVER - THE MUSICAL
Saturday 3 October 2009
7pm-9pm
RASPO Steel Orchestra BHM show
CARNIVAL LEARNING CENTRE,
Westridge, Brading Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1QS
£5.00 (£3.00 concessions). Box office 01983 817280
See pics of RASPO's windy Isle of Wight ferry journey on Facebook

SALVATION ARMY FUNDRAISER
Saturday 10 October 2009

RASPO Steel Ordhestra BHM show
Salvation Army Church, Anstey Road, Reading

ROYAL BERKSHIRE SHOW
Saturday 19 September 2009
3pm-5pm
Sunday 20 September 2009 11.30am-12.30pm
RASPO Steel Orchestra performance
NEWBURY SHOWGROUND, Newbury

2009 UK Steelband Panorama Competition
Saturday 29 August 2009 5pm-9pm Hyde Park , London

Eight of the UK's leading steel orchestras compete for the UK's premier title, RASPO is represented in Mangrove who will play Andre White's arrangement of Magic Drums See video and pictures...

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL Sunday 30 - Monday 31 August 2009:
The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street festival in Europe and originated in 1964 as a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions.

WOMAD FESTIVAL
Saturday 25 July 2009
12noon - 1pm
RASPO Showcase performance in the Siam Tent
Charlton Park, Malmsbury, Wiltshire SN16 9DG
Read more, see video and pictures...
Go to WOMAD website...

EMMER GREEN PRIMARY SCHOOL FUNDRAISER
Friday 17 July 2009
6pm - 8.30pm
RASPO Orchestra performance
Bouncy castle. Over 1000 people attend.
Grove Road, Emmer Green, Reading.

SWINDON CARNIVAL - RASPO Performance CANCELLED
Saturday 11 July 2009
Buckhurst Park, Walcot, Swindon
SWINDON CARNIVAL organisers have been let down by their supporters and are not able to book RASPO for their annual event. However a more low key event with a smaller stage will take place instead.

WOODLEY CARNIVAL
Saturday 13 June 2009

Woodley Memorial Ground The Oakwood Centre) Woodley, Berkshire

READING COMMUNITY CARNIVAL
Monday 26 May 2009
12noon - 4pm
RASPO float in procession
Prospect Park & West Reading
Read more... see photos

Siam audience Womad 2009

Siam audience Womad 2009

READING COMMUNITY CARNIVAL 2009 - RASPO Float

01 APRIL 2013

RASPO join the Reading Community Carnival street procession. See more photos here and on Facebook. More...

RASPO players join BBC bus at Reading Carnival 2009

RASPO players join BBC bus at Reading Carnival 2009

Christmas Snow

Snowy glitter bauble

A blanket of sparkling snow covered Reading and most of the UK for a picturesque white Christmas. However the weather caused travel havoc making it impossible for RASPO to perform as planned for shoppers in Broad Street a few days before Christmas.

Black History Month

Black History Month logo

Black History Month (BHM) held every October in Britain is a celebration of the positive contributions made by Black people to British culture.
The origins of BHM go back to 1926 when Carter G Woodson, editor for 30 years of the Journal of Negro History, established African Caribbean celebrations in America. It is still celebrated there in February each year.