"Pandemonium" 2011

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Firewalk for Charity - Priory Park, Reigate 

Fund Raising for Headley Court

Asthma Beach to Beach Cycle Ride

50th Birthday Party - Reigate

Pandemonium in the Churchyard

Village Day - Bookham

40th Birthday Party - Chessington

Howard Summer Spectacular - The Howard

Sailing Club Party - Frensham Ponds

Recording our CD

Business Lunch - Alliance Healthcare

Garden Party in aid of Prostate Cancer - Great Tangley Manor

Workshop Downsend School - Leatherhead

Arts Alive Street Party- Leatherhead

30th Wedding Anniversary - Woking

Pandemonium and Poppadums

Susan Roberts Academy Show - The Theatre, Leatherhead


Firewalk for Charity - Priory Park, Reigate - Friday March 18th

Wow !! Playing in the dark - a new experience and quite an achievement - well done all. We performed for the Rockinghorse charity who were raising money for a sensory room at Beeches Respite Centre and a High Dependency Unit for the Outwood Ward in Redhill. There was a fire hula hooper and juggler performing too.

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Fund Raising for Headley Court - Swan Centre, Leatherhead - Saturday May 14th

We were asked to perform for the Swan Centre's fund raising day for Headley Court. As we had another gig later that day we played early. We were a little rusty, but soon got into the swing of it. Single seconds are now starting to swap pans like the Tenors so that made it more fun too. The total raised so far is a very healthy 2,300.

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Asthma Beach to Beach Cycle Ride - Meon Springs, Hampshire - Saturday May 14th

We were invited to perform for the night stop for the Asthma Beach to Beach cycle ride from Bournemouth to Brighton. This was Barney's first gig ! Jon decided he would do the ride and arrived before we'd even started playing. There were deckchairs, a bouncy castle and an ice cream van to add to the atmosphere.


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50th Birthday Party - Reigate - Saturday May 21st

On a really sunny day we went to play for a private birthday party in Reigate. We arrived at 3pm and did not leave until nearly 9pm as we were asked to stay and play longer. I taught some of the ladies there to play "In the Jungle" and all the children at the party had a go at playing too. We shared their delicious barbecue and I have to say they were the best burgers I've ever had !

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Pandemonium in the Churchyard - Bookham - Saturday June 11th

Well, what a day we had. The sun shone which was not expected and the people came. They bought all the cakes, hundreds of raffle tickets and 479 balloons were sold. All schools were respresented in the pan playing and 2 of my adult groups played too. After drawing the 41 raffle prizes we released the balloons from the squareabout, in the middle of the crossroads, stopping the traffic.

We raised over 2,500 at the last count. More still to come and so far the furthest balloon has come from Germany !!

click here to see Letter of Thanks



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Village Day - Bookham -Saturday June 18th

I decided months ago, when I was first asked and Joanna was still not well, that we would only do the lorry this year and I am so glad I did as the heavens opened and Village Day was more like Glastonbury !! Fortunately we managed to escape the rain once the parade set off but we had to fend off a short down pour with several large golf umbrellas just beforehand.


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40th Birthday Party - Chessington - Saturday June 18th

This was a Hawaiian Elvis 40th Birthday Party and was held in a beautiful colourful garden in Chessington. We were made to feel very welcome and had great fun entertaining the guests in their array of fancy dress.

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The Howard Summer Spectacular - Howard of Effingham School - Thursday July 7th

When I received an invite to this event I cheekily emailed the Head of Music back suggesting that a Steel Band went well with a barbecue and secured us an invite to perform. Fortunately as Ellie was not free Ann played instead. We just managed to avoid the rain playing outside and seemed to create a good impression.


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Pirates of the Caribbean Party - Frensham Ponds Sailing Club -   Saturday July 9th

How could we refuse a party based around one of our favourite pieces ? Sadly it was drizzling when we arrived, but fortunately it turned out to be a lovely evening. We received a very warm welcome despite the fact they were used to the same jazz band every year. There were some super costumes and sights to see.

We are grateful to Anne for covering Kate this time.



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Recording our CD - Youth Centre Bookham - Sunday July 24th

At last I managed to find somewhere suitable for recording the band. Fortunately there was enough room for us all and Emlyn and Hywel were very patient and enthusiastic.

We recorded 14 of our favourite tracks and if you would like to buy a copy at the very reasonable price of 7 email me here




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Business Lunch - Alliance Healthcare - Thursday July 28th

Having listened to us play at the Howard Spectacular the organiser of this event invited us to play for them whilst they enjoyed a barbecue, limbo, coconut shy and surf simulator too !!

Needless to say we had to have a go too !



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Garden Party in aid of Prostate Cancer - Great Tangley Manor - Sunday 31st July

Thanks to an invitation by Nigel Lewis-Baker, our "No.1 Fan", we joined several other bands and performers for a Garden Party at one of his friend's house. Great Tangley Manor is a Grade I listed 11th century Moated Manor surrounded by beautiful Victorian gardens situated on the edge of the Surrey Hills. It was a really picturesque setting in which to perform. We played in 3 different locations during the afternoon/evening: Tennis Court 1, the Walled Garden and Lakeside.

Not only did we have a great time and received plenty of compliments, but we met Michael Buerk too !!



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Workshop Downsend School - Leatherhead - Wednesday 3rd August

What a fabulous day ! We were invited to Downsend School Holiday Club. It was South American Carnival Day and we performed for the children and parents as well as teaching some of the children to play London's Burning and the backing for In the Jungle.

"Pandemonium" played with glowsticks in the dark for a bit of fun too and even swapped pans for London's Burning right across the front row of pans.

We had a lovely lunch of fajitas and an ice lolly which was most welcome given the 30 degree heat !!


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Arts Alive Street Party- Leatherhead - Saturday 1st October

Wow this year it was the hottest October day ever I think ! Setting up was hot, and lively with the Bloco do Sol Samba band playing. Barney wasn't too sure about them - bit loud for his little ears. We played for half an hour performing 2 of our pieces for the first time: "Hammer" and "Just Can't Wait to be King".

I notice from the last gig it was 30 degrees. I know I often say "Play Steel Pans Feel the Sunshine" but this is ridiculous in October !



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30th Wedding Anniversary - Woking - Saturday 8th October

Joanna was interviewed by the "Make a Wish Foundation" and one of the ladies on the panel booked us for her pirate-themed 30th Wedding Anniversary at her house in Woking. The food was delicious and the guests had fun having a go at playing the backing for "In the Jungle". Some of the older teenage guests sang along to "Under the Sea", "Just Can't Wait to be King" and "Bohemiam Rhapsody" which was fun !!


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Pandemonium and Poppadums - Fetcham Tandoori - Monday 31st October

Wow  - what a fabulous evening with so many friends, pan players, parents and line dancers !! Michael C's Mum, who is on the council, had a conversation with Raj Haq, another member of the council, about the fact her son was in a band and Raj suggested we did a charity night at his restaurant.

So we managed to fully book the restaurant and were given a percentage of the takings and donated it to our Cancer Research Relay for Life total for 2012. We also raised over 300 from a Raffle. Our total amount collected was 858.50. "Steelicious", "Pandemonium" 's reserve group played their debut performance and were extremely professional in their manner. I was very proud of them.

Raj invited the chair of Mole Valley District Council and she said a few words to encourage us all in our quest to raise money.

The Chair of Mole Valley District Council with Raj


Mums selling Raffle tickets

Happy curry eaters listening to the band.


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Susan Roberts Academy Show - The Theatre, Leatherhead - Friday 25th/26th November

Susan invited our family as guests of the show to watch Friday night and then asked if "Pandemonium" could play before the shows in the foyer of The Theatre. The band played really well and were complimented by so many people who came to stand and listen. They played their debut of "You're So Cool" and four members of the group also came to watch the show afterwards.


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