PRESS RELEASE 2016
Pan Clash now in its 9th year was at The Tabernacle, W11 on Sunday 23rd October. Pan Clash is an annual soloist competition for young people in October as part of celebrating Black History Month. There was a new category introduced this year for under 16’s and a total of 7 competitors across both categories. The youngest competitor was 8-years old, Addis Gray-Bledman, whom achievched a credible 3rd position and the 2nd youngest Nyle Baily age 10-years in 2nd place. The under 16’s champion was Ebow Mensah from Endurance Steel Orchestra and he played incredibly well. 4th position was Carlos Noguira who, also participated at Classorama (School Steelband Competition in July).
The audience was quiet low in comparison to the last 3 years of Pan Clash and Director Shareen Gray is convinced this is due to the lack of advertising due to lack of funds available. It was still however a great night and entertainers included Soca Artist Big Bad, stand-up comedy from our presenter Kayleigh Loudmouth Lewis and a truly brilliant performance from our 2016 UK Power Soca Monarch Champion Jo Money who brought the event to life!
The over 16’s category (maximum age is 30) was a pleasure to watch with a new female competitor Siobhan Mitchell from St Michael & All Angels Steel Orchestra. She performed with such elegance and technique and captivated her audience and other steelpan players particularly because she performed on an Invaders Tenor (authentic steelpan) and sounded so delightful. She came in at 2nd place to the 4th time champion David Ijaduola with his outstanding performance. David exceeded expectations and really has raised the bar of the competition to a very high standard.
Over £700 of prize money was received, medals and tickets to the MOBO Awards that took place in Scotland in November.
Pan Clash will be celebrating its 10th anniversary next year!