Four-time Panorama champions Republic Bank Exodus Steel Orchestra has changed their tune of choice for the upcoming Panorama finals, as arranger Pelham Goddard believes the judges are not interpreting his arrangement of Austin "Super Blue" Lyons' Rag Storm the way he would like them to.
Instead, Exodus will now be playing Kees Dieffenthaller's Savannah Grass in the final on March 2.
Exodus will be entering the Panorama finals in the second to last position with 265 points.
The North Park at the Queen’s Park Savannah got mixed reviews from patrons at yesterday’s National Panorama semi-finals for medium and large bands. The facilitieswere introduced this year by the National Carnival Commission (NCC) in an effort to increase profitability at Carnival events.
Some patrons complained about the lack of information on the new rules and policies at the venue.
Pan Trinbago president Beverly Ramsey-Moore said despite all the challenges facing the organisation, she and her team would find a way to make this year’s Panorama competition and experience a success.
She admitted, however, that to do so there would need to be some major changes.
In an interview on CNC3 Morning Brew programme on Wednesday, Ramsey-Moore said this year, the organisation was given an allocation of $20 million.
It was “Trouble” literally when the results of the National Panorama Small Band Finals were announced last night Thursday at Skinner Park, San Fernando just after 11:30 pm
When the dust cleared, Golden Hands led by Franka Hills-Headley with a Vanessa Alexander Headley arrangement of her composition “Trouble Sans Humanite” emerged victorious with the top score of 279 points.
Finishing behind the San Fernando based band was Laventille Serenaders with 278 points for their performance of Winston Bailey’s “Dingolay” arranged by Arddin Herbert.
When the bell for the National Panorama Medium and Large Bands Finals rings, Arima Angel Harps and bp Renegades will be first off the block in their respective categories on Saturday 10 February, 2018 at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Showtime is at 7 pm.
Themed “Steel Crescendo…..Musical Explosion and Rivalry”, the Pan Trinbago produced flagship event has been described as the “Super Bowl of Pan” featuring ten (10) Medium and ten (10 ) Large Conventional Bands. Both Pan Elders and Massy Trinidad All Stars will be defending their titles.
Several primary and secondary schools showed off their talents on the national instrument at the National Junior Panaroma competition.
And while some believe the traditional aspects of Carnival are slowly eroding, these children say their presence is evidence to the contrary.
Akash Samaroo and cameraman Neil Romain bring us the story.