"I sympathise with you that you were disappointed not to have more live time shown of the 100 piece steel orchestra that performed on Sunday. However, I do disagree with you that ‘this was the first time in the history of its existence…"
"In 2011 during our visit to Austria to perform at HM The Queen birthday party at the British Embassy During his address to the guest the Ambassador informed them that the steel pan is now part of British culture . He then joined us with his…"
"Another important factor is that where ever in the world the Jamaicans live they support Reggae, even the Trinis try to be Jamaicans. I have met quite a few here in the UK.
Terry Noel MBE JP
Leader Melodians Steel Orchestra UK."
"Yes Claude. You are so correct, but they will have to work hard to pass us here in the UK. We already have an examination system recognised by the open college in place, you can view it on www.prssv.org ;"
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Terry played a major role in spreading knowledge and understanding of steelband music including visits to 33 countries throughout the world with his steel bands. He visited countries as diverse as Pyongyang in North Korea, several countries in the Middle East, Russia and neighbouring countries, Australia as well as many countries in Europe.
He has been a Steelband Adviser for over 30 years and, among other things, was instrumental in setting up a school steelband for the English Speaking School in Doha (DESS) in Qatar by the provision of instruments, tuning, workshops and advice. He provides ongoing advice and workshops for the school.
In 1976 Terry's first book “From Bamboo to Pan” was published by the Commonwealth Institute in London. His second book was “Play Pan - Learn Music The Steel Pan Way" and was co Authored by Dr Jill Scarfe and published by Trentham Books. The book was launched in Trinidad by the Honourable Pam Nicholson, Minister of Education in Trinidad in 1988. This book is now the main text book for the Steel Pan Exams Grades 1 - 8. The exams were put together by Dr Jill Scarfe, David Griffiths and Terry Noel and are accredited by the Open Learning College. The exam is provided under the umbrella of the PRSSV.
Terry has received numerous awards and commendations in both Trinidad and the UK including:
• Having a street named after him in the Royal Borough of Arima in Trinidad
• Receiving a Trinidad and Tobago High Commission London Award for Outstanding and Meritorious Service in 2004
• Awarded an MBE in the New Years’ Honours 2015 for Music for the Melodians Steel Orchestra UK which he set up in 1987 and has been the Leader ever since.
Hello Terry I cannot remember you but It good to have contact with all of my fans. I am living in Australia since 1977. I lived in Canberra since 1981. I have my own band called Calypso Pan-tas-tic. It consist of tenor pan, keyboards, bass guitar and drums, I doubled on congas, ukulele and vocals. Allan Gervais gave me a tenor pan and I have been playing it since from1976.I also have a website. www.calypsopantastic.com. I still play the scratcher. today I also feature playing an electric ukulele.
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