Musician plays with orchestra in Trinidad

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A NORTH Shields based musician has returned from a trip to Trinidad where she has performed with a top steel band.

Jenny Gilberg, 24, was selected to perform with BP Renegades steel band in the Trinidad and Tobago Panorama 2012 competition.

The band, numbering 120 players, was placed fourth in the hotly contested final which took place in the capital, Port of Spain. She also had the opportunity to play with the Curepe Polyphonics Single Pan Band.

Whilst in Trinidad Jenny was invited into the Eldorado East Secondary School to give a talk to art and music pupils about her experiences. On her previous visit to Trinidad in 2010 Jenny performed with Trinidad East Side Symphony and Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille.

Jenny, pictured, who works as a steelpan and woodwind music teacher, has been playing steelpan for over 12 years.

She regularly tutors, arranges and performs with North Tyneside Steelband and has played for a number of years with London bands for the annual London Panorama and Notting Hill Carnival.

In 2008 she won the British Association of Steelbands Soloist title, the only pannist outside London to win the title.

Jenny said: “Music, especially steelpan, is my life and it is wonderful to be able to share my experiences with young pannists in the north east and hopefully inspire them to push themselves as musicians.

“Pan is developing rapidly and there are many chances for people to get involved.”