In the interview, Dame Evelyn mentions the experience of playing And I Will Kiss, the song that "brilliantly employed 1000 drummers" in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and highlights that those drummers have "formed drum groups throughout the country" - one of them is, of course, us!
Dame Evelyn also explains that the instrument she used for Caliban's Dream, the song played during the final parade of the Olympic torch, is a custom-developed Aluphone, which had its world premiere at the Opening Ceremony.
In this context, you might like to watch this Aluphone interview with Dame Evelyn:
Photo credits: Dame Evelyn Glennie at the Olympic Opening Ceremony by Mike Blake / Reuters
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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