On a sunny but chilly Saturday morning, heat built up quickly with our boshes, hoys and grooves from the Pandemonium segment of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. About 70 drummers made the spontaneous street performance, while a few more were unfortunately delayed due to public transport delays.
Thanks to Mike Dolbear and Jonny Colgan for organising this performance, and to mikedolbear.com, London Drum Show and Olympia for making it happen.
At the London Drum Show itself, Mike Dolbear held his exclusive Olympic Drumming masterclass together with drum captains and volunteer drummers.
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The Pandemonium Drummers were originally put together by London 2012 Ceremonies for the Pandemonium segment of Danny Boyle's spectacular Olympic Opening Ceremony. Following the Ceremony, the volunteer drummers kept on performing at a variety of events.
Based on their extensive training, they performed at other Opening Ceremonies, including the UEFA Champions League Final 2013, the FA Cup Final 2014, and the Heineken Cup Final 2014, and at a variety of large and small festivals as well as sports and community events. The Pandemonium Drummers are a returning act in London's major parades, including the London New Years' Day Parade, St Patrick's Day Parade, and the Lord Mayor's Show, and they coined Cheer Drumming, supporting runners at major sports events across the capital and beyond. The Pandemonium Drummers have supported the Special Olympics, the Teenage Cancer Trust, and a wide range of other charities.
The Pandemonium Drummers are a constituted association with charitable aims, and are working on a non-profit basis as volunteers.
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