London 2012 hands baton to London Philharmonic Orchestra
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG) has awarded the contract to record the 205 national anthems required for the London 2012 Games Victory Ceremonies (medal ceremonies) and Team Welcome Ceremonies to one of Britain’s leading orchestras – the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO).
The Orchestra celebrated today with an impromptu performance of an anthems medley from the Royal Festival Hall, conducted by Olympic triple jump gold medallist, world record holder and LOCOG Board Member Jonathan Edwards.
The LPO will record the anthems at the world famous Abbey Road Studios in May 2011. Using 36 musicians, it will take 50 recording hours over 6 days with final sessions taking place in September 2011.
The arrangements for the anthems will be made by British composer, conductor and cellist Philip Sheppard. Philip specialises in film and television soundtracks, large scale theatre and events and is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
Sebastian Coe, LOCOG Chair, said: ‘The playing of anthems at Victory Ceremonies is one of the most emotive parts of any Games and we’re delighted to be working with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to deliver this key element of the ceremonies .
‘Watched by a worldwide audience, the Victory Ceremonies encapsulate the Olympic and Paralympic values and celebrate the spirit of friendship, fairness and inclusion amongst the competing athletes. The anthems will also be used as part of the official welcome to the Village, attended by official dignitaries and athletes from every country taking part in the Games.’