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Founder and director of PanoGrama Entertainment, Nevin Roach

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It’s termed The World Cup of Pan, and the PanoGrama 2021 instalment slated to begin on May 7 at 8 pm on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, is going full speed ahead both onscreen and behind the scenes, says founder and director, Nevin Roach.

Auditions wrapped up recently and while the preliminary round is in the wings, the PanoGrama Entertainment (PGE) team cooked up something special for participants and the public.

The Barbados-based steelpan online entertainment organisation concluded its Knowledge for Success three-part series on April 6, describing the initiative as a team effort contributing towards the holistic personal, musical and professional development of pannists.

“It was a resounding success,” says Roach.

Commencing on March 27, the career guidance session was delivered by Professor Liam Teague, head of steelpan studies at Northern Illinois University. Teague has played with more than 15 different international ensembles and serves as a judge at some of the most prestigious steelpan competitions worldwide.

He stressed the importance of versatility and substance as being vital components in the steelpan career. The session was well-received and attracted attendants representing the public and participants in the competition. Attendees worked assiduously at getting questions answered and received a lot of advice from Teague.

The personal development session followed. It was facilitated by Steffon Campbell, assistant lecturer at Carimac, freelance journalist, communications consultant, podcaster and author.

Campbell stressed that musicians should invest in themselves.

At the end of the session, participants expressed satisfaction and gratitude, especially for the special tricks of the pan business they learned.

Closing the webinar series was the session on musical development, facilitated by steelpan veteran, Natasha Joseph. Joseph is an experienced pannist with a career spanning three-plus decades and has been drill mistress for several orchestras in the National Panorama competition.

She brought a wealth of experience to the session, which was geared specifically towards PanoGrama participants. The participants dissected the criteria with Joseph and learned various musical techniques that could be applied to deliver their best performances for any competition.

In a quality-analysis critiquing capacity, musician, pannist, and registered competitor for the upcoming PanoGrama competition representing England, Douglas “Dougie” Dallaway, gave his views on the webinar series.

“These things are arguably more important than the competitions. There is no point in competing if you aren’t learning. It is very good to be learning things from the likes of very experienced people. It is a great initiative to keep going. It helps with the development and the sharpening of skills so that people cannot only compete, but they can also go out into the world and represent on a higher level,” he said.

Dallaway thanked PGE for the initiative.

Participants, as well as members of the public who attended the series, were grateful for the opportunity to learn from such celebrated veterans, cost-free, says Roach.

As the series came to a close, it was hailed as a resounding success on all fronts.

To stay connected with PanoGrama Entertainment and updated on the competition: https://linktr.ee/panograma.

PanoGrama Entertainment wishes all the competitors great success although there can be only one winner, and expresses appreciation to all who have, and are continuing to make the organisation and productions worthwhile.