Panorama 2021 - London School of Samba Invited to Perform

Panorama 2021 – London School of Samba Invited to Perform

Panorama 2021, the UK national steelband competition, welcomed drummers and dancers from the London School of Samba for our debut performance!  With no live Carnival on the streets of Notting Hill again this year, London School of Samba was invited by the NHC organisers to make a debut at the prestigious Panorama 2021 annual steel pan orchestra competition at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park on Saturday 28 August 2021.

UK National Panorama Steelband Competition

Panorama 2021 Poster showing four steel bands playing

The UK National Panorama Steelband Competition is an annual steel pan event that is held in London over the Notting Hill Carnival weekend and is the most respected and anticipated outside of the Caribbean.  Following a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, Notting Hill Carnival Ltd announced the return of the UK National Panorama Steelband Competition this year.

There were four competing steel bands all looking to take the title of Panorama 2021!  The first band up was ‘Ebony’ and they were followed by ‘Croydon Steel Orchestra’.  Then it was the turn of ‘Metronomes’ and finally ‘Mangrove’ closed out the Panorama 2021 UK steelband competition.  In a hotly fought contest, Mangrove Steelband held on to its title as UK Panorama 2021 champion, making it the steel orchestra’s eleventh win in the Panorama competition. For more information about this event, see this page from panonthenet.

London School of Samba Performed at Panorama 2021

London School of Samba appeared with two other London Brazilian bands at Panorama 2021 – Baque de Axé and Tribo, all three of which are in the process of forming the London Association of Brazilian Carnival Bands. Led by Mestre Mags, LSS performed the song Exaltacao with puxador Chris Mullins Silverstein, Vik Choudhuri on cavaquinho, long-serving members of our Velha Guarda Pru Lunberg, Yasemin Sami and Joan Eggleston, and the bateria was reinforced by a lively contingent from our sister school, Bristol-based Bloco B.

London School of Samba YouTube video of the performance

It was a fun gig for the London School of Samba playing at Panorama 2021, and the school was very proud to be a part of this community event. Here is the link to the video so you can share it with your friends – London School of Samba Gig at Notting Hill Carnival Panorama 2021.

Interested in joining the London School of Samba – contact us today!

If you are interesting in joining the London School of Samba, then now is the time to contact us today! We are a fun bunch of samba loving people and are always looking for new members to join.  If you are looking to hire a samba band in London, then contact the London Schools of Samba.  Here are some links to our YouTube, Facebook and Instagram channels to see how much fun it is to play with LSS.


Revisiting Historic First London School of Samba Barracão

London School of Samba bateria director Mestre Mags said: “It was great to be back in action after such a long break. All three Brazilian bands looked great and put on terrific shows. Kensal Green is a special and historic place for the school – as the Pleasance Park borders on East Row, which was home of the LSS’s first barracão (Carnival ‘barracks’ or base), the Omnibus Theatre, from 1984-87 and the nearby Venture Centre 1987-90. It was a little taste of carnival, and we all hope next year Notting Hill Carnival will be back better than ever!”

Notting Hill Carnival 2022 Theme – Samba Through the Solar System

After this successful and fun gig at Panorama 2021, it is time to concentrate on preparing for Notting Hill Carnival 2022! The London School of Samba theme for Notting Hill Carnival 2022 will be ‘Samba Through the Solar System’, so look out for more news coming soon about this exciting event.  In the mean time we are still running samba drumming classes in London every Sunday.  These are open to complete beginners and people who have played samba before. 

Our fantastic and energetic samba dance classes in London are very popular and suitable for all levels.  It is brilliant way to get fit, meet new people and learn how to dance samba with our wonderful and fun teachers at the London School of Samba.  Have a look at some of the links below and we look forwards to seeing you at London School of Samba soon. 

Samba related links and posts from London School of Samba

The London School of Samba has been helping people experience Brazilian Carnival Arts in the UK since the early 80’s. Each year we participate in the famous Notting Hill Carnival and many other wonderful festivals and parades, live shows and gigs across London, the UK and the world! We provide weekly classes and workshops covering samba dance, samba drumming, costume-making, and more in a fun and friendly way.  Here are some more samba related links and posts from the London School of Samba to read.


Contact London School of Samba for Classes, or Book the Band

London School of Samba - photo of the drummers and dancers at a London Samba Gig

For more information about the London School of Samba, then please contact our friendly team who are here to help you.  LSS offer Samba dance classes in London for all levels.  Our weekly bateria or Samba Drumming Classes are super popular as well.  We love new members (especially beginners) and you don’t need to know how to dance or drum to join the London School of Samba!  All you need to do is to contact us below and our friendly team will be in touch.