THE EDITOR: I know that it's more than a month since the Panorama finals but I really hope this letter can still be published.
Congratulations to the bp Renegades Steel Orchestra on winning the Panorama large bands category for 2023, the year of the diamond jubilee, and in so doing the band captured its 12th Panorama title, quite an outstanding achievement.
Coincidentally, Renegades is the only steelband to have won a hattrick of Panorama titles – in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
The band's tune of choice this year was a song by the late calypso icon Leroy Calliste, the Black Stalin. The last occasion that a composition by Stalin won was back in 2013, when Phase II was crowned champs with More Love arranged by Len "Boogsie" Sharpe.
I wish Renegades all the best in the years ahead.
KELVIN LA ROCHE