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One Year Ago: The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

27th July 2012, 20.12:

Isles of Wonder, the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, starts with a scenery of a Green and Pleasant Land and various pre-show acts and activities.

It was followed by a countdown, by the magnificent sound of the huge Olympic Bell at 21.00, by pastoral scenes on a beautiful meadow in the middle of the Olympic Stadium, and by four songs sung by children.

Kenneth Branagh then entered the stage as Isambard Kingdom Brunel and assured a world-wide audience of hundreds of millions to not be afeared, using the beautiful words of playwright William Shakespeare.


Then Pandemonium began.


There are no words to describe what happened in the following fifteen minutes.



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Thank you:
  • Danny Boyle, Artistic Director of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony
  • Rick Smith for Underworld, Music Director of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony
  • Dame Evelyn Glennie, Percussionist
  • Steve Boyd, Head of Mass Movement Choreography & Parade of Athletes
  • Mike Dolbear, Drum Co-Ordinator
  • Ralph Salmins, Paul Clarvis, John Randall, Drum Consultants
  • Natasha Khamjani, Mass Cast Co-Ordinator
  • Haitham Ridha, Hannah Caple, Volunteer Cast Co-Ordinators
  • All others involved in London 2012 Ceremonies - too many to mention.
    See Artistic TeamPerformersProduction and Staff for full details.
The Pandemonium Drummers would not exist without you.

ABOUTPandemonium Drummers

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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