Making the shortlist was already a great recognition of our work, and winning the Epic Award is another amazing stage on our exciting, unexpected and life-changing journey since we were brought together as volunteer performers by Danny Boyle for the London 2012 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Our original bucket drums and three styles of costumes have proved surprisingly versatile and made an audible impact at a wide range of large and small fundraising events including community festivals, charity balls, arts festivals, parades, theatre concerts and volunteer events.
The award announcement caught us just after a three-night theatre residency and during our preparations for a series of major gigs later this year, including sports-related arena performances with large audiences and shows developed by ourselves.
We are very proud of another epic award win!
About the Epic AwardsThe Epic Awards were set up by Voluntary Arts in 2010 to celebrate voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland and to recognise the skill, innovation and hard work of the volunteers.
A panel of expert judges assessed 24 shortlisted groups and selected a winner and runner up for each of the four categories: England, Northern Ireland / Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The awards were presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona Hyslop MSP at a special ceremony in Glasgow on the 26 February 2014, and a delegation of Pandemonium Drummers enjoyed a trip to the 2014 Commonwealth Games city for the ceremony as well as the Voluntary Arts conference Culture, Creativity and You: Why Making Matters.
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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