About the Epic AwardsThe Epic Awards were set up by Voluntary Arts to recognise and celebrate the achievements of voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
A panel of experts will now select a winner and runner up for England, Northern Ireland / Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales respectively, to be announced on 26th February 2014 at an awards ceremony in Glasgow, the host city of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
People's Choice Award - it's your choice!An additional award is decided by the public: Anyone can register and vote for their favourite of 24 highly inspiring shortlisted groups to receive the People's Choice Award - make sure to read through the entries, which might inspire you to start or deepen your engagement in voluntary arts!
We would, of course, be chuffed if you voted for us: View our entry here.
Recognition of an amazing yearThis nomination for a national award showcases how far we have come by our own doing, an achievement that nobody would have expected after the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.
With about 100 performances under our belt and several remarkable gigs already lined up for 2014, we have established ourselves as a performance group that is strictly run on a non-profit basis by enthusiastic volunteers, carrying forward the volunteering spirit of London 2012.
- The Pandemonium Drummers™ are a non-profit drumming group of volunteer performers.
- All aspects of the group's activities are run by its members, and a voluntary committee supports administration and organisation since 2013.
- The Pandemonium Drummers first appeared in the Pandemonium segment of the iconic London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, which ended in a display of the Olympic Rings.
- The Pandemonium Drummers can be heard on the song And I Will Kiss with percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie as a part of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony soundtrack Isles of Wonder.
- The Pandemonium Drummers use normal plastic and metal buckets as well as compost bins as instruments.
- Many drummers have not had played an instrument before London 2012.
- The drummers appeared in the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium.
- The Pandemonium Drummers performed about 100 times at major festivals and parades as well as local community and fundraising events in London and surrounding areas.
- The Epic Awards were set up in 2010 by Voluntary Arts and celebrate the achievement of voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland, by recognising the skill, innovation and hard work that goes into their activities.
- Voluntary Arts promotes, supports and champions the voluntary cultural sector by working with policy makers, funders and politicians to improve the environment for everyone participating in the arts.
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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