The festival brought together professional and amateur musicians in the Water City Festival Orchestra made up of those who live and work in East London, including school children, to tell the story of the Lower Lea Valley.
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games of course had a major impact on this part of London, which features many ethnic groups that bring different musical experiences to the table.
The Water City Festival Orchestra was formed in 2010 and has over 100 members, who explored the past, present and future of the Lower Lea Valley through music, pictures and narration - and the event also celebrated the reopening of the People's Palace on the campus of Queen Mary University of London.
The Pandemonium Drummers, together with Working Men and Women from the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, welcomed guests and set the scene outside People's Palace with a special performance of the Opening Ceremony routine - a fitting start, which was well received.
Photo by Vilma Laryea
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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