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Calypso and Carols - Christmas Concerts

Each Christmas RASPO entertains festive shoppers with a concert of Calypso favourites and familiar Carols.

The orchestra sets up in one of the Broad Street performance areas to raise funds so young people can learn to play an instrument free of charge and for future associated activities. More...


RASPO Steel Orchestra playing Winter Wonderland at Calypso & Carols 2015.

Players new to RASPO are invited to join the senior orchestra for a public performances to a live audience.

The enthusiastic newcomers enjoy their first experience of performing Calypso and Carols with RASPO and continue to attend regular rehearsals to learn the complete repertoire.


RASPO newcomers of all ages join the orchestra for Good King Wenceslas (2012).

Festive shoppers take respite from the busy stores to listen to a selection of music including calypso, pop, reggae, classical and Christmas carols.


A shopper's video of RASPO playing Begging and Jingle Bells.

With plenty of applause, dancing and generous donations RASPO is well set to continue growing and helping the development of aspiring young steel pan musicians into the future.

RASPO Steel Orchestra play Calypso and Christmas Carols in Reading Berkshire

RASPO Steel Orchestra play Calypso and Christmas Carols in Reading Berkshire

RASPO play Caribbean style Carols

RASPO play Calypso and Christmas Carols

All ages and abilities from RASPO joined the orchestra for their first public performance.

Playing festive favourites like Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland and Good King Wenceslas, the steel band brought a Caribbean twist to Christmas Carols.

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Thank you Reading

RASPO play Calypso and Christmas Carols

RASPO performances are always warmly welcomed by Reading's community and shoppers who take time out from the frantic festivities to provide support and encouragement to the young musicians.