Welcome to the Pandemonium Drummers!

Charitable amateur performance group of ordinary people doing extraordinary things:

Community events, parades, festivals, happenings, specatulars, stadium performances.
We started life as the Volunteer Drummers in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Big developments ahead in the coming months!

Second UK Government Legacy Report features the Pandemonium Drummers

The UK Government and the Mayor of London published the second annual report on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, in which the Pandemonium Drummers feature as a case study.

While main headlines picked up by the media focus on the announcement of surpassing the economic four-year target in less than two years, the report lists a number of achievements in other areas, such as the impact on communities with a mention of the Pandemonium Drummers on page 63 and 64.

The Second Annual Legacy Report

Overall, the 84-page document Inspired by 2012: The legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games - second annual report describes the activities which took place in the second year since the Games to build a lasting legacy across a number of commitments, namely sport and healthy living, the regeneration of east London, bringing communities together, the Paralympic legacy and economic growth.

The report includes a foreword by the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London, and an assessment of progress by Lord Sebastian Coe, the Prime Minister’s Olympic & Paralympic Legacy Ambassador.

The Pandemonium Drummers feature in Chapter 5: Bringing Communities Together as a case study including a picture taken by our photographer Vilma Laryea at the Open East Festival in 2013.

The Legacy Role of the Pandemonium Drummers

The Communities chapter lists a number of activities with links to the Pandemonium Drummers, such as:
Somewhat surprising is the report's omission of the Special Olympics, for which the Pandemonium Drummers performed in Bath 2013, which although recognised by the International Olympic Committee does not seem to have any links to the Government's legacy activities.

The Pandemonium Drummers' Second Year

Like the Government and the Mayor of London, the Pandemonium Drummers have been and continue to be very busy building a legacy of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

The Pandemonium Drummers have been so busy that event reporting on this website was falling behind - after all, we are still reliant on the goodwill of members as a 100% non-profit volunteer organisation, and the most precious resource, time, is occasionally high in demand.

We will take the upcoming second anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, the official birthday of the Pandemonium Drummers, as an opportunity to report on our second year, which was full of remarkable highlights none of our drummers would ever have expected.

Check back over the next few days to read summaries of our past twelve months:

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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