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Hollywood actor and director
Robert Redford is to receive a lifetime
achievement award from New York s
Film Society of Lincoln Centre.
The 77-year-old s career highlights
will be celebrated at a gala in the city
next April. The society, which organ-
ises the annual New York Film Festi-
val, said that Redford s "impact is
hard to measure in many ways".
Recent Chaplin Award recipients
include Barbra Streisand and Nicole
Kidman. The honour is given to the
movie industry s most notable tal-
ents, and has also lauded Martin
Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock and Char-
lie Chaplin, after whom the award is
He was the first recipient in 1972,
while last year s winner was director
Rob Reiner. Lesli Klainberg, the film
society s executive director, said that
Redford s contribution as an actor has
been significant, but also pinpointed
his work as founder of the Sundance
Film Festival. (BBC)
Robert Redford to receive New York career honour
...celebrates ten years of promoting steelpan
Budding musicians from City Angels
entertain guests at the Music Literacy
Trust's tenth anniversary celebrations, at
Le Renaissance at Shorelands, in Glencoe
on Friday. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
On October 10, a group of benefac-
tors, patrons and well wishers
joined to the sound of sweet pan
and more music at the Renaissance in Glencoe
in celebration of a decade of the Music Literacy
Trust (MLT). It was a look back at a decade
of achievements and a way forward with new
plans and initiatives for the future.
MLT has spent a decade working to have
great pan arrangements scored for posterity,
encourage the creation of original music for
pan, bring instruments and teaching to disad-
vantaged children, and offer vital scholarships
to some of T&T s most talented musicians so
they can further their education to become the
bright stars of the future.
MLT is the vision of its founding director
Mark Loquan, who believed that the wonderful,
complex pan arrangements heard at Panorama
and in the panyards needed to be preserved.
He felt that music literacy for young people
was lacking and that the ability to read music
and by extension, adapt to a range of instru-
ments, could increase opportunities for some
of T&T s most talented musicians. His close
friend, the late Dr Pat Bishop nurtured Mark s
vision from the beginning but she also told
him it would be like pushing molasses up the
hill with a rake.
Now based in Perth, Australia, Loquan at
the time was head of energy company Yara
Trinidad and he worked to get a board together
and to approach a range of colleagues in the
energy sector to jump start the funding and
make this dream a reality.
They rallied and gave the seed money that
started MLT and corporate sponsors have con-
tinued to be the majority of the organisation s
financial backers, who were thanked repeatedly
at Friday s celebration. The event offered proof
of the good use of their generous support.
Loquan s worry that great pan arrangements
would be lost forever, led him first to Jit Samaroo
who agreed and worked with the trust to have
six of his tunes scored and made available to
tertiary educational institutions in the country.
From Samaroo, MLT worked with leading
arrangers Ray Holman and Ken "Professor"
Philmore for scoring their music. It looked for
key pan arrangements from the past so those
wouldn t be lost like the classic arrangements
of Cavaliers from the 1960s by Bobby
For Silver Stars 60th anniversary celebration
in 2008, MLT worked to produce scored
arrangements of classic pieces in cooperation
with both Edwin and Junior Pouchet. The sad
passing of these giants of pan in the years since
show how important this work is so their music
can be accurately performed for years to come.
At Friday s event, Loquan pointed everyone s
attention to Kareem Brown who has since the
beginning, been his first choice for scoring pan
music and is now in demand internationally.
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Mark Loquan was the man with the vision to preserve local music and engender a new
generation of musicians by founding the Music Literacy Trust.
PHOTO COURTESY MUSIC LITERACY TRUST
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