The Opening Ceremony
|Drummers with Hamish Jenkinson & Jonny Grant|
Among our ranks, we welcomed the new Honorary Pandemonium Drummer Stephen Sutton, who was diagnosed with incurable cancer, and drumming in front of a huge crowd was an item on his bucket list - please support Stephen by donating for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
MediaSee more backstage photos on Flickr, courtesy of our official photographer Vilma Laryea.
We compiled a YouTube playlist with footage from fans in the stadium.
While the ceremony was regarded as controversial in the press, many people seemed to genuinely enjoy it, as feedback on Twitter suggests:
Opening Ceremony @championsleague: @bvb vs @fcbayern!! LIVE of @wembleystadium #UCLfinal Amazing! twitter.com/bisskeyID/stat…
— BISS KEY (@bisskeyID) May 25, 2013
Fantastic opening ceremony. A mix of Gladiatorial Rome, the Phalanx formation of the Spartans & the pomp & pageantry of Britain.#UCLFinal
— NoMad (@NoMad_AFC) May 25, 2013
Impressive #UCLfinal opening ceremony in full swing. twitter.com/UEFAcomAndrewH…
— Andrew Haslam (@UEFAcomAndrewH) May 25, 2013
A spectacular opening ceremony as the sunsets over Wembley. #uclfinal twitter.com/jonnygould/sta…
— Jonny Gould (@jonnygould) May 25, 2013
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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