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2010 Calendar of RASPO Performances

Broad Street - Reading - Berkshire

RASPO Steel Orchestra and RASPO Ensemble will perform four fundraising dates in Reading's Broad Street to entertain festive shoppers with a blend of calypso and carols.

Sunday 21 November 11am - 5pm
RASPO Ensemble
Broad Street East (outside M&S and The Oracle), Reading

Friday 17 December 4pm - 8pm

RASPO Steel Orchestra
Broad Street East (outside M&S and The Oracle), Reading

Tuesday 21 December 4pm - 8pm
RASPO Ensemble
Broad Street West (outside Waterstones)

Thursday 23 December 11am - 5pm
RASPO Steel Orchestra
Broad Street East (outside M&S and The Oracle)

Please support RASPO by donating your loose change, buying a 'RASPO Live' CD and enjoying the festive music.

RASPO presents 'Pan on Fire'
Wednesday 27 October 2010 7.30-10pm

The Hexagon, Queen's Walk, Reading, Berkshire RG1 7QF
Tickets £4 / £2 under 16's (subject to booking fee)
Hexagon Box Office 0118 960 6060

Following RASPO Steel Orchestra's premier performance at Notting Hill Carnival's National Panorama Steelband Championship the award winning steel percussion orchestra presents a homecoming event for the whole family to celebrate Black History Month and introduce young new talent to a live audience.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August 2010

RASPO at Notting Hill Carnival Review - see pics and video
London Notting Hill Carnival web site

For the first time in 2010 RASPO will enter the LONDON NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL National Panorama Steelband Competition and party in the Children's Day procession through West London.

Panorama returns to it's original home at Emslie Horniman's Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, London W10 5DB following three years at Hyde Park.

RASPO is keen to attract musicians to join them for this prestigious event. Do you play steel pans, drums, percussion or any instrument? Are you a fast learner? Do you want to take part in an exciting, national event and join the millions of Notting Hill Carnival goers at the largest street festival in Europe? If the answer is yes then contact us and join the RASPO Panorama Orchestra for the greatest event in the steel pan music calendar.

Workshops and rehearsals happen throughout July and early August at Watlington Hall. From 9 August the RASPO Panorama Orchestra will move to the Hexagon - see dates and times below.

The Hexagon Queens Walk, Reading, Berkshire RG1 7QF
How to get there

Want to get involved in helping out or making carnival head dresses?
Click here for more information.

From 9 - 27 August PanYard at the Hexagon
Monday - Friday 4pm - 11pm as follows:

Week 1: 9 - 13 August
4pm Doors open
5pm - 8pm Orchestra run through with arranger
8pm - 8.30pm Break
8.45 - 10.15pm Orchestra run through with arranger

Please note that is it vital that ALL players for Panorama attend the orchestra run through from 5-8pm

Week 2: 16 - 20 August
Week 3: 23 - 27 August
PanYard at the Hexagon will be open from 4pm - 11pm

Friday 23 to Sunday 25 July 2010

Dun Laoghaire, IRELAND
The all-weather Festival of World Cultures is Ireland's largest global music festival. Entertaining audiences in excess of 250000 this Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council event features artists from 60 countires in 40 venues over three day period.
RASPO Steel Orchestra travelled to Ireland with eighteen musicians to perform on live stages and for the procession as well as offering carnival workshops in head dress making and steel pan music.

Saturday 10 July 2010 6.15 - 7.15pm

Wellington Riding Heckfield RG27 0LJ
RASPO Ensemble supported the 'Strictly Laurie Holloway Parkinson Big Band' at this prestigious fund raising event.

Saturday 5 June 2010 12noon - 5pm

Woodley Memorial Ground The Oakwood Centre) Woodley, Berkshire
RASPO entertained Woodley Carnival goers for the second year running.

Friday 4 June 2010 11am - 4pm

The BIG half term event of Children's Festival in Reading Town Centre featured a RASPO Steel Orchestra performance in Broad Street West outside Waterstones book store. The glorious sunshine attracted many who enjoyed the music with some even dancing along to the calypso beat.
RASPO also offered free workshops to children aged from 7-11 and 12-18. The workshops for younger children were the most popular with several inspired to join our regular beginner workshops. See Pics

Spring Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 2010
Main Stage 12noon - 1pm - Wardown Park LUTON

RASPO Steel Orchestra performed on the Main Stage to open Luton International Carnival. The event attracts up to 100,000 people each year with 2000 taking part in the procession made up of sixty floats. Luton International Carnival is the largest one day carnival in Europe.
Luton Carnival web site
Watch RASPO's perform Beyonce's Crazy in Love at Luton Carnival

RASPO Steel Orchestra at Luton International Carnival 2010

RASPO Steel Orchestra at Luton International Carnival 2010

RASPO play at Notting Hill Carnival

Rosie at Notting Hill Carnival 2010

RASPO Steel Orchestra launched their carnival costume camp RASPO Mas and took part in the Notting Hill Carnival procession.

In Reading during the summer carnival workshops in head dress making, flags, costumes and steel pan music saw RASPO's well prepared for their first appearance in the National Panorama Steelband Championship which kicks on the carnival on August Bank Holiday Saturday.

The event was a huge undertaking for RASPO's parent company CultureMix who is working in partnership with Reading Borough Council to showcase local talent at Europe's largest street festival Notting Hill Carnival.

RASPO play in Reading Town Centre

Jacobs first RASPO performance

RASPO performed in Reading Town Centre to an appreciative crowd of shoppers. The glorious sunshine and fabulous music made for a successful event. Congratulations to Jacob (see pic) and Abi for their first performance with RASPO.