More London Free Festival, which features free music on three days per week throughout July.
The Pandemonium Drummers, this time supported by a full drum set, started the show with a rendition of their London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony piece, followed by a variety of individual acts including two solo singers, a pianist, and a dance group from other London 2012 Ceremonies volunteers.
This show concept was tested back in February 2013, when individual London 2012 Ceremonies Cast staged the first London Open Mic Ceremony, a three-hour display of the range of musical talent among the volunteer performers - some videos from the London Open Mic Ceremony night are available on YouTube.
The lunchtime event at The Scoop ended with a second performance of the Pandemonium Drummers - but this time not after teaching the audience some of the grooves to play along - and many in the audience took this opportunity to do so!
During this last performance, the drummers then climbed the stairs to get very close to the audience, to the delight of a number of children, who afterwards had a chance to bang on our buckets and have some photos taken.
All in all, a lovely way to spend a lunch hour with light-hearted entertainment.
Kath McGuigan again managed to capture our performance on video!
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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