© Fiona Hawthorne

Players from pan yards all over the UK converge on the South Bank to perform Ary Baroso’s 1939 classic Aquarela do Brasil as a musical tribute to the passing of the Olympic torch from London to Rio de Janeiro.

The band is led by Brent Holder, a virtuoso steel pan soloist, composer and arranger and artist/art director Fiona Hawthorne. 

Participating bands include: CSI Croydon Steel Orchestra, Ebony Steel Band, RASPO, TLA, Steel Pan Academy, Harlow Steel Band, Panjazz International, Metronomes, Pan Nation and NTSB.  This record-breaking ensemble is the largest steel band ever assembled, with up to four hundred musicians playing a thousand steel pans.

Produced in association with the Notting Hill Carnival Festivals Trust.


Jubilee Gardens, by the London Eye