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A new piece by the Pandemonium Drummers
written for Pages of the Sea


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Premiere 11th November 2018 1.30pm & 2.30pm
Folkestone Harbour Arm

Symphony of Waves




Symphony of Waves is a new piece by the Pandemonium Drummers for Danny Boyle: Pages of the Sea in Folkestone to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of armistice and the end of the First World War.

Symphony of Waves premiered on Remembrance Sunday, 11th November 2018, at Folkestone Harbour Arm to hundreds of spectators, including Danny Boyle, who commented that the performance was "very moving".

Presented by over 40 drummers, the semi-improvised piece explores the concern, anxiety, and commitment of those who left home and started a journey across the sea, from which many did not return.

The 14-minute piece is performed on simple buckets and bins and evokes memories of a pleasant land left behind and outlooks of an uncertain future.

Symphony of Waves will be released as a community resource in mid 2019 to invite performances by other groups.

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About the Pandemonium Drummers

The Pandemonium Drummers​​ started as a 1,000-strong group of volunteer performers in the Industrial Revolution segment of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

They have performed over 250 times since in a wide variety of settings from major stadium sports ceremonies to arts festivals and community events.

The group captured their Olympic legacy in their own song Champion, produced by Felix Buxton of Basement Jaxx, released with a major campaign in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust: music video | more details

With about 100 current members, the Pandemonium Drummers are now a charitable group of voluntary amateur community performers, who uphold the Games volunteering values of Openness, Inclusivity and Engagement and bring enthusiasm, energy and enjoyment to their audiences.


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