Metronomes Steel Orchestra, one of the most renowned steelbands in the United Kingdom, was formed in 1973 by Irvin Corridan and Phil Dubique. ‘Metro’ has developed into an integral part of the Caribbean community in West London; its 50th anniversary is the ideal time to examine the indelible influence the group has had on local society, since its conception.
For a musical group to attain widespread and enduring success, talent is only one part of the equation – which this band fulfils unequivocally. However, Metro has gained prominence primarily through its work initiating and sustaining positive social change in the local Caribbean community.
From its inception, Metronomes has been dedicated to supporting disadvantaged members of society. Today, they run multiple projects designed to improve the lives of local people and promote Caribbean heritage. From alleviating social isolation amongst single parents and the elderly to advocating for the education of young people, Metronomes is part of the fabric of the local Caribbean community.
The inclusion of marginalised groups such as the educationally disadvantaged, and ex-prisoners, is also another crucial aspect of Metronomes’ agenda to create a world that ‘leaves no one behind’.
On 2 June, Metronomes will be celebrating its golden anniversary of musical brilliance and community development, with a concert at The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY. Whilst enjoying the sweet, stirring sound of pan, perhaps we can derive inspiration from Metronomes’ dedication to the service of others.
More information may be found at metronomes.org.uk.