UK title for steel pan tutor

Jenny Gilberg at the BAS Pan Clash competition for UK solo steel pan performers.
Jenny Gilberg at the BAS Pan Clash competition for UK solo steel pan performers.

A WOMAN who teaches young people in Morpeth how to play a shiny instrument was rewarded with a major accolade after displaying her skills on a national stage.

Steel pan player Jenny Gilberg competed against six other performers to win the British Association of Steelbands (BAS) Pan Clash 2013 title.

The competition for UK pannists, held at Flyover Portobello in Notting Hill, London, required players to perform two solo jazz improvisations, backed by the house band.

As part of her prize, she was given the opportunity to perform at recent the MOBO Awards in Glasgow.

She adds this title to the BAS Pan Explosion solo steel pan title she won in 2008.

The 26-year-old said: “It was amazing to play in the competition with so many talented musicians and a great honour to win.

“Following this competition, it was a really exciting experience to have the opportunity to play at the MOBO Awards.”

Jenny teaches the steel pan at Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools and Technology Colleges and King Edward VI School (this also involves co-ordinating the KEVI Steel and KEVI Community Steel Band). These bands have enjoyed success at the Wansbeck Music Festival for a number of years.

They regularly perform at local concerts and are available to play at weddings, parties, fairs and other public events. Their next performance is at Heighley Gate Garden Centre at lunchtime on Sunday, November 17.

If anyone is interested in booking the KEVI Steel Band or joining the Community Band, which meets between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Fridays at King Edward VI School, contact Jenny directly via email –

More information about her workshops and tuition are available at www.jenny