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‘Dedicate Panorama 2019 to Philmore’

Monday, October 1, 2018
Members of Fonclaire Steel Orchestra light candles in memory of the passing of Ken “Professor” Philmore at the pan yard Dottin Street, San Fernando on Sunday night. Photo by:TONY HOWELL

Dedicate Panorama 2019 to Ken “Professor” Philmore.

The suggestion was made by steelpan arranger and PanTrinbago’s external relations officer Darren Sheppard, at NLCB Fonclaire Steel Orchestra in San Fernando on Sunday night.

Sheppard believes this would be a fitting tribute to the steelpan icon who died on Sunday from a heart attack, a week after he was seriously injured in a car crash in Claxton Bay.

Still reeling in shock over his death, several members from the pan fraternity and steelbands gathered at the panyard to celebrate his life and mourn his loss.

Fonclaire had won it biggest Panorama successes with Philmore’s arrangements. Several steelpan players and lovers spoke about Philmore’s love and contribution to pan as they described him in glowing terms.

Sheppard said his relationship with Philmore extended further than pan music as his family and Philmore’s shared a close relationship.

He said Philmore was an inspiration to everyone and his death has been very difficult for everyone. “If you look at Facebook the love for the man is universal. Nobody is perfect, we all have our shortcomings...he was special.”

He encouraged members to use his death as an opportunity to revive the energy and love in the band. “So we could represent for Prof for 2019. I just want to give a little politics here. If I am the president of PanTrinbago then Panorama next year will be in honour of Prof Ken Philmore. I don’t think anybody will argue with that.”

Fonclaire will be hosting a lime in honour of Philmore tonight and he encouraged past and present members to unite and give Philmore, 59, a proper send off.

“Regardless of wherever Professor went, he is Fonclaire,” he said. Yesterday, on Philmore’s Facebook page his family thanked all of Trinidad and Tobago for the outpouring of love and support, expressions of concern and condolences since his untimely passing.

“The overwhelming reaction demonstrates the love that he earned both locally and internationally. In an attempt to facilitate as many of his friends, fans and well-wishers who would like to celebrate his life by congregating and sharing their personal experiences with this cultural giant, the family has arranged two pan yard limes,” the statement said.

The family announced that the first event will take place at Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony Pan Yard on Tragarete Road on Monday night and the other will be held at Fonclaire Pan Yard tonight from 7 pm.

“Both his family and the nation has lost someone we both loved. His association with the pan fraternity definitely took ‘Pan By Storm’.”


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