Anniversary Parties

To celebrate one year since the Olympics Opening Ceremony a re-union party was held at the Railway Tavern in Stratford, a favoured haunt of many a ceremonies volunteer. Occurring the same day many volunteers where still very busy in the Olympic Park as Park Champions, singers in Vision, drumming with the Pandemonium Drummers… it was very good turnout.

As BBC Three just happened to be broadcasting a repeat of the Opening Ceremony the same evening, we had to tune every television, and speaker, in the place to join in. Our wonderful sound man even over-played the “in-ear” instructions that we performers had to endure enjoy listening to whilst performing, lovingly played in sync with the BBC broadcast.

Of course, as a few familiar sections came on we could not help but repeat our performance there and then… here is a video of one during a quieter moment. As the evening wore on, and peoples various shifts finished, the place got VERY busy and very happy!

OOC Impromtu performance, video by Derek Moore

And for the Paralympic Opening Ceremony party on 31st August, the lovely POC Umbrella performers regaled us with a performance from Rihanna…

Summer Madness – July Gone Crazy

July 2013 has been everyone’s busiest month to date, after lots of rehearsing and shows (we only feature a small selection on this site to give you a taste, more details on the groups own websites) we have had a packed month with no sign of slowing down!

Pandemonium Drummers have been out every weekend, including a 10 day stint as the closing act each night at the Henley Festival plus an emotional hone-crowd performance to 35,000 in the Olympic Park.

Ceremonies Carnival crew has paraded at London Pride, Newham Carnival, plus smaller events such as school fetes, and have manned the large Olympic Area at the Newham Town Show over a weekend featuring lots of props, costumes, and torches.

POD dancers have been rehearsing twice a week with performances scattered around London.

Vision Choir has, after several months rehearsing, been out singing at various London events – including their own composition Keep The Flame Alive.

Paralympic Umbrella performers (Seg87) have reformed and been performing most weekend at events in London and beyond. This has inspired the Olympic Truck Party performers to reform and start performing, with people already approaching us for booking as far ahead as October.

In addition many of us are now Park Champions and have been volunteering every spare minute back at the Olympic Park, not forgetting the thousands that attended and performed at Go Local event in the Olympic Park (headlined by McFly, who POD performed with earlier in the year) plus those that took part in the Anniversary Run, running around the Olympic stadium track on the first day its been used since the Games finished.

And a group organised a general Open Day at 3 Mills in London (next to our audition and rehearsal site) featuring photo’s, costumes, performers, etc on a free open day for the public.

And the madness is set to continue for a while yet!

The Olympic and Paralympic legacy is going strong 🙂

We are now about to dash off for an 8 hour volunteering shift at the first day of the Anniversay Games in the Olympic Stadium… look forward to seeing some of you real soon