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Follow the links on this page to see events, international collaborations and RASPO perfomances from London Notting Hill Carnival and Olympics 2012 Festival to WOMAD and BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

RASPO on TV Watch RASPO live on BBC Children in Need Appeal, ITV's Rosie & Jim, CBBC's Level Up and much more.

Suramedura international artists in resident Mary Genis makes a dudup steel drum for Mas and Mayhem in Sri Lanka Feb 2017

Sri Lanka Artist Residency

CultureMix director Mary Genis was nominated by Simon Chatterton from 101 Outdoor Arts to be an International Artist in Residence at Sura Medura, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. More...

CultureMix presents The Peace and Love Concert

The Peace and Love Concerts

The Peace and Love Concerts features showcase events for new and established artists to perform at live music venues. More...

Theophina and Tanisha made up ready for Carnival of the World featuring RASPO Steel Orchestra at Notting Hill Carnival 2016

Carnival of the World - London - Notting Hill Carnival

Carnival of the World took Reading to London's famous Notting Hill Carnival with a RASPO Steel Orchestra float and costumes for the August Bank Holiday Monday procession. More...

Carnival of the World comes to Reading UK

Carnival of the World - Reading

CultureMix launched Carnival of the World in Reading UK with a series of specialist workshops followed by a spectacular event featuring a live stage and a colourful costume parade in the city centre. More...

Lorraine Kelly ITV with RASPO Steel Band on HQS Wellington 13 July 2016

RASPO entertains the nation on ITVs Lorraine

RASPO Steel Band joined Lorraine Kelly and her guests live on ITV to reveal the results of volunteers who embarked on a six week health and fitness regime for The Bikini Challenge. More...

CultureMix at the Royal Albert Hall

CultureMix at the Royal Albert Hall

CultureMix proudly presented the Berkshire Youth Steel Percussion Orchestra performance at The Royal Albert Hall as part of a Celebration of Music in Berkshire Concert on Sunday 1 May 2016. More...

Calypso and Carols concert with RASPO Steel Orchestra flyer 2015

Calypso and Carols - Christmas Concerts

Each year RASPO Steel Orchestra entertains Reading's festive shoppers with an entertaining outdoor concert that blends calypso favourites and traditional Christmas carols with a Caribbean twist. More...

RASPO-rama 2015 Summer project tour flyer

RASPO-rama Summer Steel Band 2015

In July 2015 Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra (RASPO) launched RASPO-rama - a summer project of Free Carnival Music Workshops to recruit new players for the steel band and prepare for a busking tour of Thames Valley towns and cities. More...

RASPO Steel Orchestra perform at EAT Reading Festival 2015

RASPO at EAT Reading & World Party 2015

RASPO Steel Orchestra entertained at The Big Lunch for Reading's EAT Festival. An ensemble performed at Basingstoke's World Party at Eastrop Park. More...

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2nd Schools Steel Band Festival

The 2nd Schools Steel Band Festival returned with an even bigger and better showcase of music, song and dance featuring 160 performers. More...

RASPO Steel Band with Solutions4Health Dame Fagbutt for Stoptober Berkshire.

RASPO tour for Stoptober

RASPO Steel Band joined Solutions 4 Health for a tour of Berkshire to encourage people to give up smoking during October 2014. More...

RASPO Steel Orchestra at London Notting Hill Carnival

RASPO at Notting Hill Carnival 2014

RASPO's Summer Carnival Steel Band project culminated in a prestigious performance at London's Notting Hill Carnival. More...

The Mighty Sparrow at The Tabernacle London August 2014 - flyer

Mary meets The Mighty Sparrow

King of Calypso The Mighty Sparrow blessed London with a performance for the Carnival season at The Tabernacle on Saturday 16 August 2014. More...

RASPO Summer Carnival Steel Band Project

Summer Carnival Steel Band project

RASPO Steel Orchestra launched its summer carnival project at South Street Arts Centre in July at an event attended by special guest and RASPO patron Pax Nindi.
The project aims to recruit new players for the steel band with performance opportunties in Reading and at London's Notting Hill Carnival. More...

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Schools Steel Band Festival

The first Schools Steel Band Festival featured a performance of one hundred children from six Reading and West Berkshire primary schools. More...

Rosie and Jim - The Steel Drum with RASPO Steel Band

RASPO on TV - Video Showcase

Watch broadcast media coverage of RASPO TV highlights from Rosie and Jim on ITV to BBC's Children in Need. More...

RASPO Steel Band perform at the Oracle Shopping Centre Reading Berkshire Uk

RASPO on YouTube

View a selection of videos of RASPO and other steel bands quickly and easily from PanQueen's chosen selection of YouTube playlists. More...

The Story of Steel Pan - a Black History Month event at South Street Arts Centre

The Story of Steel Pan - Black History Month 2013

RASPO presented The Story of Steel Pan at South Street Arts Centre in Reading Berkshire.
The Black History Month event featured special guest street dance crew Swag Out Revolutionz. More...

RASPO Steel Band at London Notting Hill Carnival 2013

RASPO at Notting Hill Carnival 2013

RASPO Steel Orchestra entertained hundreds of thousands of revellers at London's famous Notting Hill Carnival on August Bank Holiday Monday. More...

RASPO Steel Orchestra t-shirt design by Anisha Thomas 2013

World Stories South East - Reading Museum project

RASPO Steel Orchestra worked with Reading Museum on the 'World Stories South East' project to create new outfits for RASPO. More...

RASPO at CBeebies Big Day Out Christchurch Meadows Caversham

RASPO meets Rastamouse

CBeebies invited RASPO to perform at the Big Day Out in Caversham where they met up with Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew. More...

Kendrick School Reading Music for Youth Regional Festival 2013

Music for Youth Festival

RASPO's under 21's junior orchestra took part in the Music for Youth Regional Festival. More...

RASPO at Madejski Stadium - Reading FC v Aston Villa FC

RASPO play Madejski Stadium

RASPO entertained over twenty thousand football fans at Madejski Stadium for the Reading FC v Aston Villa FC game on 9 March 2013 More...

Filming 'The Steel Band - how it works' in Forbury Gardens

CultureMix Films

CultureMix worked with Ricky Greaves of Bespoke Video to create a series of short films to promote the work of the organisation to the corporate and educational sector. More...

RASPO at the Royal Albert Hall

RASPO at Royal Albert Hall - BBC Proms

RASPO joins the BBC Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus led by director Lincoln Abbots and musical arranger Jason Yarde for a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. More...

RASPO dancer Monica Cabral at Showtime BT London Live site in Victoria Park 8 August 2012

RASPO at The Olympics - London 2012 Festival

Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra's SHOWTIME tour of London boroughs during the Olympic Games launched TASPO to RASPO, a musical show charting the growth of steel pan music in the UK. More...

RASPO Rhythms CD cover

A second CD for RASPO - RASPO Rhythms

'RASPO Rhythms' is the second CD offering from Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra endorsed by pan royalty Sterling Betancourt MBE. More...

Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra and Giant Olympic Rings on River Thames 28 February 2012

Giant Olympic Rings Launched

Giant Olympic rings measuring 11m high were launched near Tower Bridge on the River Thames by Mayor of London Boris Johnson to mark 150 days until the Olympic Games.
Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra (RASPO) and Akademi Dhol drummers provided entertainment for the celebration. More...

TASPO to RASPO Open for Art Exhibition in Friar Street, Reading, Berkshire

TASPO to RASPO Exhibition

Arts organisation Jelly's Open for Art project offers artists exhibition space in empty shop windows. TASPO to RASPO is a CultureMix display portraying the journey of the steel pan from Trinidad to the UK. More...

Iman Pascall with RASPO Steel Orchestra

RASPO at Notting Hill Carnival 2011 - UK Steelband Championship Review

RASPO once again took part in the National UK Panorama Steelband Championship and London's Notting Hill Carnival. This time with sixteen players from Aberdeen's Bucksburn Academy and a young arranger from New York City. More...

RASPO at Fulham's Royal Wedding street party

Royal Wedding Street Party

RASPO Steel Orchestra brought a carnival atmosphere to The Sands End Royal Wedding street party celebration in Fulham. More...

Zash on bass at The Hexagon

RASPO @ The Hexagon

RASPO's Hexagon show 'Pan on Fire' featured Exception, Massango and a performance of 'Pan on Fire'. More...

Paul on bass

RASPO at Notting Hill Carnival 2010 - UK Steelband Championship Review

Watch videos and read about RASPO's adventure over August Bank Holiday at Notting Hill Carnival's UK Panorama Steelband Championships and Children's Day Band on the Road procession. More...

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Festival of World Cultures - Dublin - RASPO Steel Orchestra

RASPO Steel Orchestra travelled to Dublin to perform and run workshops at the DLR Festival of World Cultures. See pics and watch video footage of this exciting trip. More...

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Luton International Carnival 2010 - RASPO open on Main Stage

Watch video and see pics from RASPO's performance at Luton International Carnival. More...

Mary Genis with the President of PanTrinbago Keith Diaz

BAS Award for RASPO

The British Association of Steelbands (BAS) celebrated ten years of RASPO performances with an award presented by Toussaint Clarke to RASPO's director Mary Genis at the glittering Annual Awards ceremony. More...

RASPO Panorama 2010 arranger Michael 'Bubbles' Oliviere with his brother Gabriel

RASPO Panorama Orchestra - Press

Blog post 21 August 2010

With only one week to go before the National Steelband Championships RASPO Steel Orchestra practice daily to perfect their ten-minute arrangement of de Fosto's 'Pan on Fire'. Attend a free preview at the Hexagon, Reading on Tuesday 24 August 6-8pm and in Reading Town Centre outside M&S on Thursday 26 August 5-7.30pm More...

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RASPO @ WOMAD 2009 - Show Review

RASPO Steel Orchestra reached new heights with their well received performance at WOMAD's Charlton Park festival in Wiltshire on 25 July 2009. Artistic director Mary Genis tells the story. View photos and watch video clips. More...

RASPO Live CD cover

RASPO launch first CD

RASPO has completed recording the best of their repertoire for their first CD to be launched to coincide with their WOMAD festival performance. More...

Mary with Mangrove for Panorama 2009 in Hyde Park

RASPO join Mangrove Panorama 2009

RASPO's Mary Genis joined Mangrove for the 2009 UK Panorama Steelband Championships in Hyde Park. More...

Tanisha plays saxophone with RASPO Steel Band

Culture Mix Live Showcase

Watch RASPO tenor player Tanisha play Blue Moon on saxophone with RASPO, plus the finale performance Sugar Boom Boom with guest vocalist Bubbles at the 2009 Culture Mix Live Showcase. More...

Yle de Egba on stage at Cena Brasil 2006

Carnival in Brazil - Afro Brasilian percussion meets Steel Pan

In 2006 CultureMix's artistic director received an Arts Council England award to study carnival music in NE Brasil. More...

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Calendar of Events


Go to the RASPO Calendar for a list of Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra's live performances and related events.

Go to the Events Archive page to view a list of past RASPO performances.

RASPO SoundCloud Audio

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RASPO plays a varied repertoire of music to suit any event or function. From a typical Lord Kitchener calypso, to the popular classic 'Can You Feel It' by The Jackson Five, RASPO performances are an ideal showcase for the talented young players.
Listen to RASPO audio on SoundCloud


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