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2014 Calendar of RASPO performances

READING HALF MARATHON
Saturday 2 March 2014
9am - 1pm
From Green Park around Reading
RASPO will encourage runners as they set off from Green Park on the annual 13 mile charity fund raising race.
Reading Half Marathon web site

SCHOOLS STEEL BAND FESTIVAL
Wednesday 5 March 2014
5.30-7pm
The first Schools Steel Band Festival featured six primary schools from Reading and West Berkshire who joined together for a one hundred strong steel orchestra performance. More...

PLOWDEN ARMS EMPIRE DAY
Saturday 24 MAY 2014
12noon - 6pm. 12.45 RASPO performance
The Plowden Arms, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4BX
The Plowden Arms will be celebrating multi cultural Britain with an eclectic afternoon of music including returning favourites RASPO Steel Band.
Plowden Arms web site

CAVERSHAM ROCK 'N' ALE FESTIVAL
Saturday 21 June 2014
from 6.30pm
St Anne's School Caversham
This years event will feature music from RASPO, The Bears of Brasov, Rigsby and Down at Dinos along with ale's from the West Berkshire and Loddon Breweries and Grahams Hog Roast.
Caversham Rock 'n' Ale Festival

CAVERSHAM FESTIVAL
Sunday 13 July 2014
12noon - 11pm. 1.30-2pm RASPO performance on readipop stage.
Christchurch Meadows, Caversham, Reading RG4
Caversham festival is a free music & arts festival set beside the River Thames at Christchurch Meadows.
Caversham Festival website

RASPO CARNIVAL PREVIEW PERFORMANCE
Friday 22 August 2014

RASPO Performance: 11am-5pm
Broad Street West (outside Waterstones), Reading, Berkshire
RASPO's summer carnival project invites young people and adults to join up for a Reading preview of the upcoming London Notting Hill Carnival performance in the street procession. More...

UK PANORAMA STEEL BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday 23 August 2014

Elmslie Horniman's Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, London W10 5DB
The Panorama steel band competition event warms up for Notting Hill Carnival at Horniman's Pleasance Park. The event features the bands setting up and rehearsing during the day with the competition taking place in the evening.
Although RASPO is not taking part this year six of the UK's top steel bands will go head to head in the championships in an attempt to be crowned number one. In order of appearance they are Metronomes, Mangrove, Ebony, Croydon Steel Orchestra, reigning champions Real Steel and CSI (Caribbean Steel International).

More about Panorama...

LONDON NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL
Monday 25 August 2014

Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, London W11
RASPO Performance 12noon - 7pm
RASPO invites Reading to join the steel band for a performance in the procession of floats at the famous London Notting Hill Carnival on August Bank Holiday Monday. More...

STOPTOBER TOUR - Berkshire
20 September - 26 October 2014

RASPO Steel Band toured Berkshire towns with Solutions 4 Health to promote Stoptober during September and October.
READING Broad Street - Saturday 20 September
BRACKNELL Coral Reef - Saturday 27 September
SLOUGH High Street - Saturday 4 October
NEWBURY Charter Market - Saturday 11 October
MAIDENHEAD High Street - Saturday 18 October
WINDSOR Peascod Street - Sunday 26 October
Stoptober is a Government Public Health Initiative that promotes smoking cessation for 28 days during the month of October. Solutions 4 Health plays an integral role in promoting, educating and supporting individuals who want to stop smoking.
Solutions 4 Health web site.

AFROVIBES FESTIVAL
Thursday 30 October 2014 7pm-7.30pm
Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

RASPO Steel Band will perform a curtain raiser for The Soil at the Wilde Theatre as part of the Afrovibes Festival at South Hill Park Arts Centre celebrating Black History Month
Friends and family of RASPO can receive discounted tickets to the show and the festival via the South Hill Park Arts Centre box office.
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SUPER COOL CHRISTMAS
Saturday 15 November 2014
11.30am - 3pm RASPO performance
Broad Street Reading outside M&S
RASPO will join Reading UK CIC to launch Super Cool Christmas, a series of exciting events happening during the festive season.
See more about Super Cool Christmas in Reading here

CALYPSO and CAROLS
Tuesday 23 December 2014
11.30am - 3pm RASPO performance
Broad Street Reading outside M&S
Join RASPO Steel Orchestra for the annual fundraising concert entertaining Reading's festive shoppers with a sparkly blend of popular Calypso style Christmas carols.

RASPO at Caversham Festival 2014

RASPO at Caversham Festival 2014

Schools Steel Band Festival

Schools Steel Band Festival 2014 poster

Summer Carnival Workshops

RASPO Steel Band Summer Carnival Music project flyer 2014

Join RASPO for a summer of fun and free music workshops. Learn to play steel pan music at an intense fast track series of workshops and rehearsals.

You could be joining RASPO for a performance of a lifetime at London Notting Hill Carnival. More...