Tag: Jeremy Deller

Art Night 2019

This Saturday 22nd June will be Art Night 2019 in Kings Cross and Walthamstow. Don’t forget that the Melodians will be playing in Pancras Square Kings Cross from 5pm.

2018 A very exciting year for Melodians

We have just updated the website to give you a more detailed view of our 2018 year.  It was very busy and you will see some interesting photos and videos.  Hope you enjoy them.

Now looking forward to the rest of 2019 and lots of possible exciting events but none fully confirmed yet.  Watch this space.

Desert Island Discs BBC Radio 4 6th January

I hope you all managed to listen to Jeremy Deller on Desert Island Discs today at 11.15.  It was a very interesting insight into Jeremy Deller’s life and work.  If you weren’t able to listen to it then it is available on-line and will also be repeated on BBC Radio 4 Friday 11th January at 9.00am.  Here is a recording of our rehearsal of Hallelujah (which was one of Jeremy’s selections) with Jeremy Deller at the rehearsal with us.

Desert Island Discs Sunday 6th January Radio 4

Just to let you know that Jeremy Deller will be on Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4, Sunday 6th January at 11.15am.  As we have collaborated with Jeremy on 3 different projects we anticipate getting a mention and some of our music may be played (can say no more).

Jeremy and the Melodians at Art Night 2018 in Battersea on 7th July

We will all be glued to the radio although the programme will also be available shortly afterwards on-line.  It will also be repeated on Friday 11th January at 09.00.

On radio

Next Sunday 11:15

Art Night 2018

Video from Art Night 2018 on 7th July where Melodians collaborated with the artist Jeremy Deller to become an ‘Art Installation’ in Battersea by performing a single piece of music continuously for the entire evening from 6pm until 1am the next day (with just a 1 hour break for dinner).  By my calculation around 50 performances.

It might have been difficult, but as the visitors to the event came and went each performance was fully appreciated and the Melodians put all their experience and enthusiasm into the event.

The Melodians pays tribute to David Bowie who died yesterday

The Melodians were all saddened to hear of the death of David Bowie after an 18 month battle with cancer.  He was a great talent and will be sorely missed.

The Melodians recorded a video playing one of his most famous songs ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ at the British Council in 2013.  They also recorded the music at Abbey Road Studios in March 2013 as part of the soundtrack for the ‘English Magic’ video created by Jeremy Deller.

If you would like to listen to the unusual sound of a Steel Orchestra playing David Bowie then here is the link:

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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