Brent steel band vows to hit the right notes following Notting Hill Carnival disappointment

St Michael and All Angels Steel Band performing at the Notting Hill Carnival

St Michael and All Angels Steel Band performing at the Notting Hill Carnival - Credit: Archant

A steel band from Brent have vowed to return to the Notting Hill Carnival and hit the right notes after they came third in a music contest.

St Michael and All Angels Steel Band in rehearsals for the Notting Hill Carnival

St Michael and All Angels Steel Band in rehearsals for the Notting Hill Carnival - Credit: Archant

Alfred Totefaut, 61, of Brentfield Road, Stonebridge, the mastermind behind St Michael and All Angels Steel Band, said he was determined to scoop the best conventional band on the road category at next year’s event.

Following the announcement of the winner over the weekend, he said: “Third is no good to me, we were expecting to come first.

“All the judges were up dancing when we appeared on the stage.

“We’ll be back to win it next year.”


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The band, which practises at St Michaels and All Angels Church in Hillside, Stonebridge, was beaten by west London’s Ebony Steelband Trust and the Croydon Steel Orchestra.

It is the fifth year the band, made up of nine to 18-year-olds from across Brent, has entered the competition and it has previously earned two second and two third places.

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