Condolences to the family of Ken "Professor" Philmore
It is with deep sadness the Minister of Communications, the Honourable Stuart Young extends condolences to the family of ace pannist, Ken “Professor” Philmore who died at the Intensive Care Unit of the San Fernando General Hospital earlier today.
Philmore was involved in a vehicular crash on Republic Day and had been hospitalised since then, having sustained extensive injuries. He was 58-years-old.
A steelpan arranger and composer, Philmore is widely acknowledged as pan royalty in Trinidad and Tobago and was arguably one of the top steelpan soloists in the world. Earlier in his career, he was honoured by Pan Trinbago as one of the most promising arrangers.
Minister Young acknowledged Philmore’s invaluable contribution to the musical landscape of Trinidad and Tobago.
“Through his music he did this country proud wherever he played, bringing recognition not only to our country but to our beloved national instrument, the steelpan. He showed us that through dedication and love for the artform, it was possible to become one of the best”, said Young.
Young believes Philmore’s work with the steelpan fraternity will continue to define the way the national instrument is played and heard.
Philmore composed past Panorama hits such as “Pan By Storm” (1990), “Pan Ecstacy” (1991), and “Pan in the Party” (1992).