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!

Grooving on during Lockdown

We may be locked down, but that doesn't stop us from performing!

While in normal times, we would do several gigs per month supporting community, cultural and sport events, we were only left with one option: Video! And not just one, but two (and counting...)!

  • And I Will Virtually Kiss
  • Carnival De Lockdown

And I Will Virtually Kiss

Inspired by the unwavering commitment of NHS staff, carers and essential workers, we produced a virtual version of And I Will Kiss, the soundtrack to the Pandemonium segment of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, where our group was born.

This was our way of saying "Thank You", and we are delighted that the video won week 4 of the London New Year's Day Parade Lockdown Competition on Facebook, resulting in a £250 donation to Newham Food Bank, our nominated COVID-19 supporting charity. 

Carnival de Lockdown

Music is important: It keeps your spirits up and provides a welcome light relief to help cope with the anxieties of a stressful situation.

So we created a second video: An uplifting, high-energy version of Dario G's Carnival de Paris, ideal to dance to - get some exercise and rock away!

It even got noticed by Dario G himself: 

The mastermind behind the videos is our own Dan Spence, who developed a bank of rehearsal and filming instructions, a method which will prove useful even after the crisis. Dan invested the equivalent of way more than two full-time working weeks to get the two videos out swiftly.

Support Voluntary Performance Groups

As you can see, we're just a bunch of normal people, trying to make the best out of a difficult situation, as do so many other voluntary performance groups, who suddenly have no audiences and no opportunities to meet up, rehearse and enjoy music making together.

So seek out what groups are doing, watch their videos and let them know if you like it - a good starting point is the Making Music Virtual Concert Series, with new releases every Tuesday 7pm.

Thanks to all contributors, viewers, and supporters!

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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