The Olympic ceremony music of the latest 2012 event in London opened with British-inspired classical pieces from the 1960s onwards. Headed by Danny Boyle, the Olympics’ artistic director, the opening ceremony showcased the classical works of Hubert Parry and other famous British composers, accompanied with a variety of UK choirs as well as orchestras. Boyle also chose directors from the Underworld group wherein they composed pieces exclusive for the Olympic ceremony music, such as And I Will Kiss performed during the “Pandemonium” section by Evelyn Glennie and some drummers, and the Caliban’s Dream in the lighting ceremony. To invigorate the spirit of the Olympics season, musical motifs were carefully selected such as the concept of bells to heighten the “sound of freedom and peace.” That all said, the Olympic ceremony music for the opening of the great event was carefully planned and arranged not only to represent the binding of UK’s four nations but also to emphasize the Olympics season.
Now that the Olympics is coming to an end, music director Arnold David told reporters that the Olympic ceremony music for the closing of the event would be like a big party celebration comprising of great British songs. The theme of the event would also embrace British’s fashion, art, poetry and traditions, with hundreds of excellent performers – truly a great way for athletes to steam-off as well as making guests and viewers enjoy more through a variety of music. He also said that the preparation is getting more and more tedious as the event is fast approaching.
The closing of the London 2012 Olympics would not be complete without music and celebration. Just like the previous Olympics seasons, the big party awaits after few days of sports and challenges. How the Olympic ceremony music is planned would serve a great role to make the event successful and unforgettable.
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