New Music in Aid of Teenage Cancer TrustPandemonium Drummers and Felix Buxton from Basement Jaxx Collaborate on Single Celebrating the Legacy of London 2012
Released on Atlantic Jaxx Recordings 27 July 2016
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Celebrating the legacy of London’s 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Basement Jaxx’s Felix Buxton teams up with the Pandemonium Drummers, comprising drummers of all ages and backgrounds.
20 singers feature on Champion including Basement Jaxx regulars Brendan Reilly (Disclosure featured artist) and Vula Malinga, Melissa Cavanagh from Team Boy George on The Voice, who has been a supporter of the charity since overcoming Hodgkin’s Lymphoma aged 13, and newcomer Gina Maloney, a young person supported by Teenage Cancer Trust, alongside a choir including London 2012 volunteers, members of Gospel Essence, London House Cats Choir and Vision, as well as children from Young Hackney.
Produced by Felix Buxton of Basement Jaxx and written by Pandemonium Drummer Denis Fernando, known for his project Red Cable Sunday, the release of ‘Champion’ coincides with the anniversary of London 2012’s Olympic Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 27th July 2016.
‘Champion’ is an anthem of unity, hope and positivity, celebrating the legacy of an event that united the country and placed us at the centre of a buzzing international community.
Featured in the BBC One documentary One Night in 2012 broadcast on Sunday 17th July 22:30 on BBC One, the one-thousand volunteer Pandemonium Drummers were the beating pulse of 2012’s Olympic Opening Ceremony. The diverse group united for that performance alone but the Olympic Opening Ceremony was just the beginning of the story. Sticking together, the group has performed at over 150 events ranging from the FA Cup Final and Heineken Cup Final to community and charity festivals, fundraising balls and parades.
With an anthemic stadium-pop feel and infectious vocals, 'Champion' shows that as we celebrate the final anniversary of London hosting the games, there has been a powerful legacy of people from walks of life who have revealed the 'can do' spirit that was embodied by the volunteers in the Opening Ceremony, celebrated on a world stage, and that continues to this day.
The track is a fundraiser in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. It is dedicated to the late
Stephen Sutton MBE, who performed with the drummers at Wembley Stadium for the UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony in May 2013 and was made the only Honorary Pandemonium Drummer by the group. He hit the headlines worldwide as he bravely faced his last days a year later, achieving a ‘bucket list’ goal of raising millions for Teenage Cancer Trust.