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My interest in music started at an early age. I began playing flute and recorders during my primary school days and by the age of 12 I had discovered steel pans. I joined my local steel band, North Tyneside Steel Band (NTSB). I am now one of the band’s tutors and a member of the MD team and regularly arrange for the band.

My interest in arranging and composing started whilst studying GCSE music, when I composed my first steel band piece, Jenesis, which was later recorded by NTSB. I compose music for solo steel pan, ensembles, steelbands and other instruments. In 2011 I composed a soundscape,  Yangtze Remix, for a public art exhibition, ‘Unfinished Business at Wallington’, at Wallington Hall, Northumberland, between August and October 2011. In 2012 I finished my first solo album, which is available via this website.

I began my career as a pan tutor in 2002, training as a Young Leader with Steel Bands North Project. I am a full time peripatetic tutor, teaching 17 steel bands a week including school bands and community groups. I also have a number of woodwind pupils (flute, clarinet & saxophone).

After A Levels, I went on to study a BA Fine Art degree at Northumbria University graduating in 2009 with 1st Class Honours. During this time I continued to teach pan in various schools. Check out some of my paintings on: www.jennygilberg-art.com.

In 2006 I played in my first UK Panorama Competition in London with Stardust Steel Orchestra. I have also performed with Caribbean Steel International and now play with Ebony Steel Band in the competition. In 2010 I participated in my first Trinidad & Tobago Panorama, playing with Courts Sound Specialists (Medium Band Category) and also with Trinidad East Side Symphony (Single Pan Band). Since 2012 I have performed annually with BP Renegades (Large Band Category) in the T&T National Panorama.

I regularly perform as a pan soloist throughout the UK and as part of a small steel ensemble ‘Monsoon Steel Band’, often performing at weddings, corporate events and private functions.

Awards

2008 – UK Solo Steel Pan Champion, Pan Explosion Competition
To read more about my win, see the article on panonthenet.com. 
When Steel Talks Article

2010 - Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2010/11 (North Tyneside Small Business Awards)

2011 – UK Pan Clash (runner up)

2013 – Elsie Tunney Memorial Award, Wansbeck Music Festival.

2013 – UK Pan Clash Champion

2015 – Dave Edwards Award

2015 - National Junior Panorama Champions (Northern Steel Orchestra)

2015 - UK Panorama Champions (Ebony Steel Band)

2016 - UK Panorama Champions (Ebony Steel Band)

Jenny Gilberg Interview with When Steel Talks

 

Performance Highlights and History

Solo Competitions / Performances

2016 - Northern Steel Network Festival
2015 - Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, Glasgow
2015 - Thomas Cook, Glasgow
2015 - Barrhead Travel Launch, Glasgow
2014 - Jamaica House, Glasgow
2014 - North Tyneside Steel Band Festival
2014 - London Gypsy Orchestra - 
Balkan Organ Carnival Project
2014 - PanDango, The Sage Gateshead
2013 - MOBO Awards

2013 - UK Pan Clash Solo Competition (winner)
2013 - London Gypsy Orchestra - Balkan Organ Carnival Project
2011 - UK Pan Clash Solo Competition (runner up)
2011 - LA Steelband Festival
2010 - North Tyneside Steel Band Festival
2010 - North Tyneside Steelband 20th Anniversary Concert, Whitley Bay Playhouse
2009 - Official opening of Whitley Bay Playhouse by the Countess of Wessex
2008 - Pan Explosion Solo Competition (winner)

Numerous weddings and corporate events.

Major Band Competitions

2016 - UK Junior Panorama - (Northern Steel Orchestra)
2016 - Notting Hill Panorama Competition (Ebony Steel Band)

2016 - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama - (BP Renegades)
2015 - Notting Hill Panorama Competition (Ebony Steel Band)
2015 - UK Junior Panorama - (Northern Steel Orchestra)
2015 - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama - (BP Renegades)
2014 - Notting Hill Panorama Competition (Ebony Steel Band)
2014 - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama - (BP Renegades)
2013 - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama – (BP Renegades)

2013 - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama – (Trinidad East Side)
2012 - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama – (BP Renegades)
2012 - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama – (Polyphonics)
2011 - Notting Hill Panorama Competition (CSI Steel Band Trust)
2010 - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama – (San Juan East Side Symphony)
2010 - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama – (Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille)
2009 - Notting Hill Panorama – (CSI Steelband)
2008 - Royal Albert Hall - Youth Proms with Classic FM (NTSB)
2008 - National Festival of Music For Youth (NTSB)
2008 - Notting Hill Panorama – (CSI Steelband)
2007 - Notting Hill Panorama (Stardust)
2006 - Notting Hill Panorama – (Stardust Steel Orchestra)
2004 - Birmingham - National Festival of Music For Youth Finals (NTSB)
2003 - Royal Albert Hall - Youth Proms with Classic FM (NTSB)
2003 - Queen Elizabeth Hall - National Festival of Music For Youth Finals (NTSB)
2002 - BBC Young Folk Awards semi finals (NTSB)


Festivals

2016 - Salzburg Tour, Austria (KEVI Steel)
2016 - Ghent Fest & Tour, Belgium (Framwellgate)
2015 - A Night at the Movies, The Sage Gateshead (Chantry, Newminster & KEVI Steel Bands)
2015 - Tynedale Music Festival, Northumberland (NTSB)
2014 - Cudrefin Festival & Tour
2014 - Assisi & Florence Tour (KEVI Steel)
2013 - Wickerman Festival (NTSB)
2012 - Cudrefin Festival & Tour, Switzerland
2012 - Vamos Festival
2009 - Cudrefin Festival & Tour, Switzerland (NTSB)
2008 - Jazz Festival - The Sage Gateshead (Volcano)
2007 - present - North Tyneside Festival of Steelbands (various bands)
2007 - Jazz Festival - The Sage Gateshead (Volcano)
2006 - Jazz Festival - The Sage Gateshead (small ensemble with Byron Wallen)
2006 - Buskathon 06- North Tyneside Steel Band UK tour, Lands End to Largs (NTSB)
2006 - Pan Explosion BAS Event - The Drum, Birmingham (NTSB)
2000/02 - National Youth Arts Festival, Devon (NTSB)
2005/06/07 - Steel Spring - The Sage Gateshead (various bands)
2000 - Millennium Dome

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