NATIONAL STEEL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The National Steel Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) was formed in December 2007 and is administered by the Ministry of The Arts and Multiculturalism. The ensemble is composed of auditioned players, many of whom are University trained, who represent the best combination of technique and literacy among steelband players in Trinidad and Tobago. Jessel Murray, the Head of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts, UWI , St. Augustine, is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the ensemble.
The Orchestra’s national concert credits include its debut performances in 2008 at Queen’s Hall, Naparima Bowl and the Van Guard Hotel, Tobago.
It has also performed nationally televised concerts at Daaga Auditorium, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and at the Phase II, Skiffle Bunch and Neal and Massy All Star Panyards.
Other performance credits have included performances at the Fifth Summit of the Americas and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) at the Hyatt Regency; command performances for his Excellency, President Richards at President’s House, and a performance for His Royal Highness, Prince Charles at the University of the West Indies. The Orchestra performed at the opening of the Hyatt Regency in 2008, was also a featured performer at the Trinidad and Tobago Steelpan Jazz Festival in Queen’s Hall in 2009, and performed at the opening ceremonies of the National Academy of the Performing Arts in 2010.
Phone: 1 (868) 625-8519
Address: 37 Henry Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago