BB – The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) is well underway to rekindling the National Youth Steel Orchestra in time for a grand performance in November. Last Friday, September 3, sixty students separated in groups of 10s, completed a three-week steel pan workshop at St Leonard’s Boys School.
The students in the workshop comprised of pre-teen music and steelpan enthusiasts, teenaged music and steelpan players and community group players.
Chief Executive Officer of the NCF Carol Roberts-Reifer said the workshop was part of a larger effort to ensure the National Youth Steel Orchestra remains relevant and viable.
“This is all in an effort to get the Orchestra functioning on a full-time basis. Therefore, the NCF felt it necessary to create a pool of willing and capable participants to be identified and groomed together to ensure the quality of the initial programme is high as well as to set a benchmark for those to come in the future to aspire to and beyond.”
The NCF workshop was facilitated by musical director Lowrey Worrell, who was assisted by Mark Forde and Omar Haynes. Worrell explained that the programme is focused on developing musical literacy.