Pantime Steel Orchestra have been the most dominant force in Saint Lucia in recent times, as their three consecutive victories at the annual Panorama competition would attest. Now, the pan troupe is taking its talents to Trinidad and Tobago.
Founding in 2000 by Cecile “Tortee” Philgence, the band’s goal goal has always been the development of young people through music, specifically the steel pan art form. Pantime has also won the Junior Panorama competition twice in a row.
The band’s Panorama victory during Saint Lucia Carnival 2014 qualified them to represent Saint Lucia at the 2015 International Conference and Panorama in Trinidad and Tobago, starting on Wednesday, August 5th, and culminating in an International Panorama on Sunday, August 9th.
60 players and management personnel have travelled to participate in the groundbreaking event. The ICP is being attended by bands representing several regions of the globe including Africa, Asia, North America, Europe and the Caribbean.
Pantime’s test-piece, Aunty Pam, is a tribute to the mother of the band and the wife of the founder; Phillipa Reynolds Philgence, who was affectionately known by Pantime players as “Aunty Pam” sadly passed away in November. Pantime won the 2015 National Panorama with Amrit Samaroo’s arrangement of Aunty Pam, and will be competing in the ICP with the same arrangement.
Pantime hopes to represent Saint Lucia Steel Pan with excellence and to make the nation proud. The ICP competition will be held at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. More information on the ICP can be found at www.icptt.com.