Global - Music and culture lovers are mourning the loss of steelband icon Ken “Professor” Philmore who passed away around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday 30, 2018 at the San Fernando General Hospital in South Trinidad. Philmore had been badly injured in a vehicular accident on September 24 in his homeland of Trinidad. He had been in the Intensive Care Unit, and local and social media had reported that despite the severity of his injuries, after undergoing surgery he had been eventually alert and talking.
The talent and skill set of Philmore as a performing artist, composer and steelband arranger have been continuously utilized worldwide. In the latter capacity as arranger for New York’s Sonatas Steel Orchestra, “Pro”—as he was affectionately known—took the championship steel orchestra to six New York Steelband Panorama titles in the 1980s. He last worked with Sonatas in 2003, returning to New York as arranger for Harmony Steel Orchestra in 2007.
In Trinidad & Tobago, while affiliated with multiple bands, he was best known through the years for his work with steel orchestras Fonclaire and Sound Specialists of Laventille. He took the latter to winner’s row in 2007 and 2008, arranging for Sound Specialists eleven consecutive years through 2016 in the medium band category in the annual national Trinidad & Tobago Panorama.
A legendary steelpan performing artist in his own right, Ken “Professor” Philmore was also looked upon as an “Ambassador” of the steelband art form, having been in continuous demand around the world over the years. Trinidad & Tobago’s Ministry of Public Administration and Communications released an official statement on Philmore’s passing.
Accolades and condolences continue to pour in from around the globe as admirers and musicians learn of Philmore’s passing.
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