Tam Bam Steel Orchestra Academy is a Community Interest Company based in South East London. Founded in April 2019 by Nadine McLeary alongside fellow musicians Delphina “Panness” James and Mikhail Caga-Anan (who first met while performing in Europe’s most decorated steel band). Together they embark on a new journey, to continue performing while conducting workshops designed to explore music on the steel pan: The only acoustic musical instrument to be made in the 20th century.
The teaching of the rich history and culture around the steel pan is the core of what sets TBSOA apart as the first of its kind in Southwark. These lessons will be led by Nadine, a former Early Years Educator bringing a wealth of experience, who after spending years as a steel band member became inspired to break new ground beyond just performing. This led to the concept of using the knowledge and benefits of the steel pan scene for the benefit of the wider community.
To compliment to this, Mikhail combines his years as a researcher of cardiovascular sciences, his passion for health and fitness, with his history as a steel band performer to support the students as developing pannists. TBSOA recognises that the health and well-being of its students is paramount to their success, mastery of the steel pan is a surprisingly strenuous discipline after all.
Music theory and steel pan tuition will be led by Delphina. With over 20 years’ experience as a steel pannist, Delphina’s career has seen her perform in over 10 countries while accumulating numerous credits for original compositions for steel bands across Europe. Most recently, Delphina has recorded an album of steel pan renditions for electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk. She currently works as a Peripatetic music tutor for two music services in London.
TBSOA is already enrolling students, with classes set to commence on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at the University Academy of Engineering South Bank.