Author: Terry Noel

Melodians Bandstand Concert

The Melodians played at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the 27th July as part of the Great British Carnival to celebrate the midpoint between the London and Rio Olympics.
The Melodians playing at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last year.

Want to hear the Melodians again?  Come and enjoy a Melodians Bandstand Concert on a Saturday afternoon in August.

Saturday, August 29 at 3:00pm

Myatts Field Park, Brixton, SE5 9RA

Rehearsals starting for the Clayground Collective, Clay Cargo event 15/16 August

Over the past few weeks rehearsals have been on-going for the Clayground Collective Clay Cargo event over the weekend of the 15/16 August.  The Melodians are learning a new piece of music composed by Dead Rat Orchestra musicians Nathaniel Mann and Daniel Merrill .  To see more about this event go to:


First rehearsal of new composition by Birmingham Lads
Rehearsals have started ready for the Clayground Collective Clay Cargo event in August
Learning new composition 1
Starting to learn the new composition

Melodians CDs now available to buy on the website

melodians cd2

We have now upgraded our website so you can buy our CDs directly from us and pay with PayPal instead of listing via Ebay.  Go to the CDs tab and see the 3 CDs that are available.  All funds go to supporting the Melodians which is a registered charity (Registered Charity No 1036904).

Melodians take part in the ‘National Learn to Play Day’

The Melodians took part in the ‘National Learn to Play Day’ at Henry Cavendish School on Saturday 21st March. The National Learn To Play Day was organized by the UK musical instrument industry charity, Music For All, to provide the perfect opportunity for anyone who wanted to have a lesson in learning to play the Pan. On Saturday 21st March the Melodians finished their rehearsals early at Henry Cavendish School where they are based and gave lessons to anyone who came along. People of all ages turned up and had an introduction to playing ‘Pan’ with members of the Melodians.

The hall where the Melodians rehearse became a training area for anyone interested in ‘Learning to Play’
The hall where the Melodians rehearse became a training area for anyone interested in ‘Learning to Play’
Cheynne explaining how to play a tune
Cheynne explaining how to play a tune



Chris pointing out the tune
Chris pointing out the tune
Concentration is needed!
Concentration is needed!


Even the younger members of the Melodians are teachers!
Even the younger members of the Melodians are teachers!






Michael teaching the drums.
Michael teaching the drums.






Terry Noel Received his MBE at Windsor Castle on 6th March 2015

receiving award

Terry Noel (Terrance), who formed the Melodians Steel Orchestra UK in October 1987, and has been the Leader of the Orchestra ever since, was awarded an MBE for services to Music in the New Year’s Honours 2015.

The MBE was presented to him by HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Friday 6th March. Terry was accompanied by his wife and daughters to this memorable event.

Terry had a quick chat to the Queen who remembered the Melodians from when they played at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace Garden Parties and Commonwealth Day Services in Westminster Abbey.

Terry said after the event “It was a fantastic and memorable day. It was nice to know the Queen remembered the Melodians and enjoyed their playing.”

Medal (768x1024)

Terry alone (804x1024)



Melodians Christmas Concert

Melodians Christmas Concert 2014

Playing (640x480)

The 2014 Christmas Concert was a great success and finished with a well-deserved and enthusiastic round of applause from the audience. The concert was on Saturday 13th December at Henry Cavendish School in Balham which is their base.

Some comments from their fans at the concert: “This was the best concert ever!”, “The Melodians are getting better every year I come!” and especially “Loved seeing the young ones playing”.

View from back (640x480)

The concert started with three spots by some of the groups from the Henry Cavendish School Steel Pan Club. These young players aged 10 to 11 are tutored by Cheynne from the Melodians using the Melodians’ instruments. Class 6C played the theme from Skyfall, Class 6W played Yellow Bird and the Steel Pan Club played Lambada. The group have developed tremendously since the previous year and there was an enthusiastic response from the audience.

The Melodians then played a varied selection of 9 pieces from their repertoire including 3 new additions that they learnt during the year: Greensleeves, Autumn Leaves and Get Lucky. They finished with a topical piece that they have brought back recently ‘Walking in the Air’.

After the speeches, the Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Adedamola Aminu presented the awards:

  • The Terry Noel Trophy for Best Attendance went to Rebecca Luff Smith
  • The Robert Thompson Trophy for Most Promising Player also went to Rebecca Luff Smith
  • The Jeremy Deller Trophy for Most Improved Player went to Yvette Walcott
  • The British Council Trophy for Player of the Year went to Richard Hobson
  • There were also certificates presented to 4 of the young players (Kiya Persad, Giovanna Recchia, Ella Louise Nguyen and Rianna Hobson for their dedication to Pan Playing within the Melodians).
Award to Rebecca - Best Attendance (640x480)
Rebecca receives her award for Best Attendance
Award to Rebecca 2 - Most Promising  (640x480)
Second Award for Rebecca – Most Promising Player








Award to Yvette - Most Improved (640x480)
Award to Yvette for Most Improved Player
Player of the Year goes to Richard
Player of the Year goes to Richard









Terry with the young players 2014 concert (640x480)
The young players awarded certificates for dedication to pan playing

There was a big rush to buy the Melodians new CD called ‘Melodians Magic’ which was released on 11th December and was on sale at the Concert. Plus there were T shirts, designed by Jeremy Deller and the Fraser Muggeridge Studio, on sale as featured in their concert at the Turner Contemporary in Margate in October. These are all fund-raising efforts to keep the Melodians going and raised over £1000 for them.

Melodians Magic CD can be purchased via the CDs page.
Melodians Magic CD can be purchased via the CDs page.


Terry Noel awarded MBE in New Year Honours 2015

Playing the basses  2013 concert
Terry Noel playing at the Christmas Concert in 2013

Celebrate with the Melodians the news that Terry Noel, the founder and leader of the Melodians Steel Orchestra UK, has been appointed by HM Queen Elizabeth II as an MBE in the New Year Honours for 2015 – for his services to Music.

Terry formed the Melodians in October 1987 and has been the Leader ever since. The Melodians is a ‘not for profit’ organisation and became a registered charity in 1994. The Melodians currently has 34 members with ages ranging from 11 to over 70.

The achievements of the Melodians in the past 27 years have been numerous and diverse. Among other things:

  • They played at 8 successive Commonwealth Day services in Westminster Abbey
  • They played at 14 consecutive BT Christmas concerts at the Royal Albert Hall
  • They have played at a number of Royal Garden Parties
  • The versatility of the orchestra’s repertoire has been recognised and it has received two Performing Rights Society Enterprise Awards, a Royal Anniversary Challenge Award and a BT Innovation Award
  • They have travelled around the world to perform at music festivals, British Embassies for the Queen’s Birthday Parties and other events.
  • In 2013 they travelled to Venice to participate in the 55th Venice International Art Biennale having recorded the background music for Jeremy Deller’s film ‘English Magic’ that was displayed in the British Pavilion.
  • They also took part in the Making Music ‘Adopt a Composer’ scheme in 2011 and worked with Neil Luck on a new composition that was played on Radio 3 in early 2012.
  • They played at the Paralympic Games torch relay in 2012
  • They played at Windsor Castle for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

It is through the hard work and dedication of Terry Noel as their leader that all of this has been possible. He is the person with the vision to see the potential of a steel orchestra and he takes the initiative to constantly seek out new challenges. In his view nothing musical is impossible for the Melodians.

Band on the beachfront after Margate concert 2014
The Melodians on the front at Margate after playing at the opening of the English Magic exhibition in October 2014


Terry with the young players 2014 concert (640x480)
Terry with the youngest players after receiving their certificates at the 2014 Christmas Concert
Jeremy Deller speech 2013 concert
Jeremy Deller talking to Terry during his speech at the Christmas Concert 2013













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