Orchestra wins award

The Northern Steelband group.
The Northern Steelband group.

A steel orchestra from the county has won a national award just five months after it was created.

The Northern Steel Orchestra competed against two other top youth steel bands in Kensington Memorial Park in London, and won the UK Junior Panorama title with a polished performance of Trinidad soca hit ‘Ducking’ by Fadda Fox.

The orchestra formed in March this year by steelpan tutor Jenny Gilberg, and is made up of players from steel bands in Ashington, Morpeth, Newbiggin, Newcastle and North Tyneside.

Arranger and manager Jenny said: “The well deserved success of the orchestra in London was a result of players’ dedication and great teamwork.

“It has been a brilliant first year for the orchestra and we are all looking forward to more performances and to defending our title in 2016.”

If any young people in the region are interested in joining their local steel band, or for more information about the band, contact Jenny via her website at www.jennygilberg-steelpan.co.uk