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2nd Schools Steel Band Festival

Once again St Gabriel's School in Newbury generously provided space for CultureMix to host the second Schools Steel Band Festival.

The event featured seven primary schools who together performed a repertoire for an audience of family and friends. The Schools Steel Band Festival Orchestra demonstrated the diverse musical range of the steel pan instruments by playing Beethoven's 'Fur Elise', traditional calypso Jamaica Farewell, and Soul Limbo, the popular television cricket theme song.

Theale Choir performed the songs they sang at the National Youth Music Festival and RASPO Steel Band excelled with a performance of Bizet's Carmen Overture and traditional calypso Big Man Sweet Man.


In this short film children and teachers talk about the Schools Steel Band Festival.

One of the highlights of the evening was the newly formed Schools Staff Steel Band made up of teachers and staff from Welford and Wickham CE Primary and Springfield Primary. The staff played Billie Jean to a rousing applause inspiring staff from other schools to start learning songs for next year's event.

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''Loved the concert. It was a wonderful, enjoyable evening with lots of variety and consistently high standards.  You can be very proud of what you and your team have achieved.  It was an example of a hub working at its best with a hub partner leading according to their strengths and expertise.''
Philip Litchfield - Chief Executive Berkshire Maestros

''I want to thank you and your team for organising the Schools Steel Band Festival last week, and inviting our children to play.  They had a fantastic time, and we were very proud of them, and happy for them.'' 
Mrs Pope - Lambourn Primary School

The Schools Steel Band Festival Orchestra DVD 2015 - Reading and West Berkshire

The Schools Steel Band Festival Orchestra DVD 2015 - Reading and West Berkshire

"Thank you so much for organising and co-ordinating a fantastic opportunity for our children."

Mrs Catherine Morley

Head teacher - Theale CE Primary School

Certificate

CultureMix Schools Steel Band Festival 2015 Newbury Berkshire

All Schools Steel Band Festival performers receive a certificate of participation as a momento of the event.

Festival Steel Bands

CultureMix Schools Steel Band Festival 2015 Newbury Berkshire

Seven school steel bands took part in the 2nd Schools Steel Band Festival including Birch Copse Primary, Geoffrey Field Junior, Oxford Road Community, Springfield Primary, Lambourn Primary, Theale CE Primary, Welford and Wickham CE Primary and Chaddleworth and Shefford Federated Primary.