The Melodians Steel Orchestra range in age from 12 to over 60 and are drawn from all walks of life. The Melodians Steel Orchestra encourage and promote involvement in Steelpan music regardless of age, sex, race or social background.

Melodians Members

Terry Noel

Susan Dennis Jones

Kim Hemans

Saffron Murphy Mann

Theo Carter

Robert London

Joanna Rabbatts

Julie Morris

Michael Forde

Rita McDonell

Karen Jones

Beverley Deadman

Jennifer Gilkes

Ian Sandy

Chris Sylvester

Louise Azavedo

Daniel Azavedo

Michael Olaniran

Amy Daniel

Anne Hornby

Amelia Mitchell

Azaria Francis

Lucy Barnard

Alahree McDonell

Richard Hobson

Yvette Walcott

Rebecca Luff Smith

Rianna Hobson

 Louise Thompson

This section highlights ten key members of the Melodians Steel Orchestra. They are:


Chris Sylvester –


Joanna Rabbatts –

Double Second

ChrisOriginally from Trinidad, Chris joined the Melodians in 1990. His steel pan education started in Trinidad at an early age where he played with Hilltones and Exodus Steel Orchestras. He joined the Groovers Steel Orchestra in the UK and then moved to the Melodians as a Tenor player.


Joanna became fascinated with the steel pans and started playing from the age of 9 while at primary school. She continued playing at Burntwood Secondary School where she gained a GCSE in Music using the steelpans. She joined Melodians in 1992 and is now a key player in the orchestra.

Robert London –


Julie Morris –



Robert’s interest in Pan started when he was given a Tenor Pan by his Grandad who is from Trinidad. He proved to be a natural pannist and joined Melodians in 1989 while still at school. He has risen to be a key player who is now developing his skill as an arranger. He also plays in duets and quartets with other members of the orchestra.


Julie started playing the pans while at Dick Sheppard Secondary School in Brixton. She joined the Melodians in 1989 while the Orchestra was based in Harrow. Julie also sings and sang with the Orchestra at its Annual Award Concert in 2001.

Louise Azavedo –
Amy Daniel –
Tenor/Soprano/Double Second
LouiseLouise joined the orchestra at the tender age of 11 around the end of 2003. She is a key player in the Tenor section. Her family has always supported the orchestra and they are always present at public events.

AmyAmy started playing the steel pan in 1993 as a double second player. She was introduced to the Melodians by Steve Allen in 1998. Over the years she has developed as the leading Tenor player in the section, performing as a soloist in several concerts both in the UK and abroad including North Korea.

Amelia Mitchell –
Michael O & Mike F –
Drums & Percussion

Amelia joined the Melodians in 2015 having previously played in the Henry Cavendish School steel band where she was a pupil. She is now a valued member of Melodians and has played at many engagements including the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2016.  The Melodians are based at Henry Cavendish School where the children use our instruments for their steelpan lessons.


The influence and experience of rhythm through our own individual projects has covered a range of different genres over time. However, in 2004 we joined the Melodians which has provided us both with the opportunity to work with several genres in the same place! Global travel, friendship and great camaraderie with this band have not only added to our musical experiences but to our life journeys too..!

Anne Hornby – Musical Director Alahree McDonell – Cello


Anne learned to play pan while a student at Roehampton University, where she is now steel pan tutor. She joined Melodians in 2005 and has played with Melodians in Trinidad Carnival 2006. She plays Tenor pan and has written a number of arrangements for the band.

Alahree McDonell

Alahree started playing pan when she was 14 years old. Through her love of steel pan she’s been able to travel the world, also playing in Notting Hill carnival and competing in the UK Panorama Steel Band Championship.
“I love the diversity of the instrument and the fact that I can learn a complex arrangement that stretches me technically but without having to be able to read music. It’s immensely rewarding”.