Well done! UKASPO (UK All Steel Percussion Orchestra)
London, United Kingdom
– When Steel Talks sends congratulations to everyone involved in the historic musical production of the Great Orchestra of Steel for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee outside Buckingham Palace on Sunday 5th June 2022.
It was an impressive performance and an occasion of significant cultural and historical significance – particularly in recognition of the importance of the Windrush generation.
Performing the musical works of the late great calypsonian Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) was just fitting. Lord Kitchener himself was one of the most famous members of what is now recognized and called the ‘Windrush Generation’.
UKASPO (UK All Steel Percussion Orchestra)
One of the last surviving members of TASPO (Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra), Sterling Betancourt, had the honor of conducting UKASPO (UK All Steel Percussion Orchestra). It was the name given to the combination of four steel bands (Ebony Steelband, Mangrove Steelband, Croydon Steel Orchestra and Metronomes); twenty-five musicians from each orchestra participated in the presentation of the hundred steelband musicians for the occasion.
UKASPO – British Percussion Orchestra All Steel
UKASPO delivered two Lord Kitchener songs:
Pan in ‘A’ Minor and London is the place for me. Both were arranged by André White and played on instruments tuned by Bertram “Birch” Kelman and Dudley Dickson; Leon Foster Thomas was the musical director.