This project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, explored the rich diverse history of steelpan music, the musicians and the instrument itself within High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The project captured the main steel bands that were formed in the area. Many steelpan musicians from St Vincent and the Grenadines settled in High Wycombe from the late 1950s, including the ‘New Sound Crusaders Steel Band’ which became famous when in 1971 they won the National TV programme ‘Opportunity Knocks’ for six consecutive weeks (a modern day equivalent programme would be Britain’s Got Talent).
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