An innovative steelband and unique community
Metronomes is an innovative steelband and unique community based in Ladbroke Grove, West London.
We’re one of Britain’s leading steelbands.
keeping the Metronomes family together
Panyard reopening concerts
When our Panyard in Meanwhile Gardens reopens in the spring, we are going to put on a special series of concerts and events on the theme of renewal.
Thank you to the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation for giving a grant for these events from Green Shoots part of their Grenfell Community Development Fund for projects designed to bring hope and joy to the North Kensington community following the Grenfell fire.
The Metronomes Memory Project
Metronomes has received funding from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Arts Service to create podcasts about memories of people in the band. Everything from what the older generation recalls from when they came to London in the 1950s and 1960s, to what it was like when Metronomes first won Panorama. There will also be an opportunity to talk about more recent memories, such as Black Live Matter protests and activism.
If we are unable to meet in the Panyard, it can all be done by phone.
We have lots of project ideas being worked on that I believe will help keep the band and the wider Metronomes family united during these difficult times.
Eversley “Breeze” Mills
Our Virtual Panyard is still going strong!
For more than 43-weeks Metronomes has run the world’s only Virtual Panyard, with live steelpan performances, readings, and link-ups to Trinidad. We have received funding to keep the Virtual Panyard running until the end of March 2021.
Thursday nights 7.30pm: The Metronomes Sessions
A variety of entertainment from people in the band. Including: DJ sets featuring, soca, calypso and steelpan music; African drumming; readings, and much more.
Sunday afternoons 3.00pm: Steelpan Live Jamming
“Steelpan Live Jamming is based on how we often practice in our Panyard in Meanwhile Gardens. It’s not about playing every note perfectly, it’s as much about trying out ideas, and finding new ways to express ourselves”. ~ Cherelle
Metronomes leaves no one behind
Metronomes is an innovative steelband and unique community based in Ladbroke Grove, West London. We teach and perform steelpan music, promote Caribbean heritage, and run projects to benefit local people.
Metronomes was formed in 1973 by Phil Dubique and Irvin Corridan, and is currently lead by Eversley “Breeze” Mills. Our panyard has been in Meanwhile Gardens, Ladbroke Grove, since 1989. We have over 2000 members in our extended family living in North Kensington and the surrounding area.
Metronomes plays an important role in the local Caribbean community. It brings families together, helping to reduce social isolation especially amongst the elderly and single parents.
Metronomes is especially good at involving people not involved in education or other arts activities and has a long history of working with people who have frequent contact with the criminal justice system.
A large number of young people who attend Metronomes go on to university and it has helped produce a generation of architects, athletes and doctors. However, we are resolutely focused on involving all young people, including those struggling in life. Metronomes leaves no one behind.