Panorama 2018

RASPO Panorama Orchestra perform at the 2011 UK Panorama Steelband Championships

Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra will join other UK steel orchestras to compete for the title of Champions of Steel at the 2018 Notting Hill Carnival National UK Panorama Steelband Championships.

The event, known as Panorama, takes place on Saturday 25 August 6pm – 10pm in West London’s Notting Hill and is RASPO’s third time at the event.

To celebrate RASPO’s 21st anniversary the orchestra invites previous players and new recruits to connect with culture and join the orchestra to learn CultureMix’s debut Panorama arrangement.

To sign up and for more information fill out the enquiry form or call Nathifa on 0118 955 4889 email

RASPO perform Iman Pascall’s arrangement of ‘Calling Meh’ for the 2011 UK Panorama Steelband Championships

Q & A Why join Panorama

Why should I join the Panorama project?
– Experience the joy of playing music in a large orchestra.
– Perform in Reading and in the Notting Hill Carnival procession in London
– Take part in the UK’s national steel band championships

What will I get out of it?
– You will be part of an international project between the UK and NE Brazil.  More here
– Learn to play a musical instrument.
– Connect with Caribbean culture through music for a memorable experience.

What skills do I need?
– Plenty of enthusiasm and dedication to attend regular workshops and rehearsals.
– Reasonable hand to eye coordination,  it also helps to be a fast learner
– Playing a percussion instrument like piano, drums or bass guitar can be an advantage

What and how do I learn?
– You learn to play a 8-10 minute orchestrated arrangement of a calypso
– You also learn to play four simple songs to perform in the Notting Hill Carnival procession
– Workshops are led by the CultureMix arrangers with support from RASPO musicians.

How much time will it take?
– Weekly workshops start in May building up to four times a week in August – click here for dates and times.
– The more workshops and rehearsals you attend the better the orchestra will be prepared for the competition.

Who are the arrangers?
– The CultureMix team of arrangers are Paul Junior Watson, Dani Richardson and Mary Genis.

When are the workshops?
Click here for Panorama workshop dates and times.

What do I do next?
– Register your interest here as places are limited.
– Attend the RASPO Panorama taster sessions on Thursday 24 and 31 May 5-8pm. More