Jenny is an experienced pan tutor who is passionate about promoting steel pan and who encourages her pupils to be the best they can be. With over 15 years of experience tutoring and leading workshops with steel bands, schools (first, primary, middle, secondary and special), disability groups and the general public (all ages and abilities). She is now a full-time peripatetic tutor, teaching a number of school bands, soloists and community groups across the North East.
As well as working within formal education, Jenny also works with a number of community bands. Read more about these projects:
Northern Steel Orchestra was formed in 2015 by Steelbands North. The aim of the orchestra is to provide talented young pannists from across the region with the chance to play at an advanced level with a wide range of performance opportunities. The orchestra has enjoyed competing in national competitions and festivals such as the UK Junior Panorama competition (2015 UK Junior Panorama Champions), Edinburgh Festival Fringe, North Tyneside Festival of Steelbands and the Under the Dome Festival.
Top performing steelband NTSB, founded in 1989, is one of the oldest bands in the North East and has been performing nationally and internationally since 1992 at official, corporate and private functions. NTSB operates four different bands, from child and adult beginners through to the headline performance band. Jenny joined the band in 1998 and has been playing with them for over 20 years.
Performance highlights include: Rotterdam Carnival, Biennial International Steelpan Conference, The Wickerman Festival, Cudrefin International Steelband Festivals, Royal Albert Hall Music For Youth Proms, National Youth Arts Festival and BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year Semi-final.
Find out more at northtynesidesteelband.org.uk
Established in 2006 at The King Edward VI School, Morpeth, KEVI has grown considerably and now has over 50 members and runs 5 classes a week including a community band. The band has taken part in competitions, festivals and overseas tours (Assisi 2014, Salzburg 2016, Barcelona 2018) and performs at a wide range of events across Northumberland and the North East of England.
For more information, visit the KEVI Steel Band website.
In 2011, The Newbiggin by-the-Sea Partnership commissioned a steel pan project to engage members of the community and asked pan tutor Jenny Gilberg to deliver a steel pan summer school for members of the community. This was hugely successful and well attended and in turn led to weekly pan classes and an annual steel pan summer school. The band now runs two weekly classes including a popular community class.
For more information, visit the Steel-by-the-Sea Facebook page.