Clement OgarroAt a brief ceremony to review the National Anthems to be played at the start of each game during the preliminary women’s fixtures for the ICC WT20 WI 2010 in St Kitts, the St Kitts All-star Steel Orchestra was given rave reviews for their four renditions.
This function was the first of its kind and was witnessed by officials involved in the planning of the Sportainment component of the games. The session was chaired by Captain Nigel “Numpy” Williams, who gave a brief introduction of the anthems which were played. Sportainment Coordinator Mr. Cosbert Manchester gave the opening remarks and introduced the panel of reviewers which included musician, Calvin Esdaille, music trainer and conductor, Pam Wall, and pan player extraordinaire, Alexis Knight.
The twenty-six piece orchestra which boasts a majority of youthful players from all over St Kitts is conducted by Melvin “Mellie” Hewlett. Their renditions for the night included anthems from England, New Zealand, Australia, and Sri Lanka.
Pam Wall expressed her pleasure at being invited to such a function and complimented the band on their excellent performance. She gave the youthful players a few tips to improve on their already impressive repertoire.
The evening ended with brief remarks from ICC Event manager in St Kitts, Val Henry, and regional Tournament Director, Robert Bryan. He spoke of the challenges in getting the agreement to have the Steel Band participate in the Anthem Ceremony but expressed his general satisfaction with the review, and stressed the fact that this will be a lasting legacy of the ICC WT20 WI 2010 cricket tournament.