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
Our Panyard in Meanwhile Gardens is temporarily closing while a second lockdown takes place to limit the spread of Covid-19. At the moment, we expect to be able to reopen on 2 December 2020.
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
3 November 2020
Our Virtual Panyard is still going strong!
For more than 29-weeks Metronomes has run the world’s only Virtual Panyard, with live steelpan performances, readings, and link-ups to Trinidad. We are seeking funding to keep the Virtual Panyard running, as well as for a Caribbean Christmas concert, and other activities.
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
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.
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.