London 2012 closing ceremony to include ‘everything from Elgar to Adele’

London: Choreographer and creative director Kim Gavin, who is behind Take That’s successful comeback shows, has promised a star-studded extravaganza for the London Olympics 2012 closing ceremony.

The team planning the multimillion-pound show has revealed that the show down for the Games will be an “elegant mash-up of British music.”

The sign-off for London 2012 will tell the history of British culture, including everything from “Elgar to Adele” – but organisers stopped short of confirming the 23-year-old singer’s performance.

A significant portion of the 81-million-pound budget for the four ceremonies surrounding the Olympics and Paralympics will be spent on the August 12 spectacular, executive producer Stephen Daldry said.

It was revealed, however, that artists stepping on stage will be paid only a nominal fee of 1 pound.

Gavin, has promised an extravaganza involving “our most globally successful musicians” and future musical talent.

“Music has been Britain’s strongest cultural export of the last 50 years and we intend to produce an Olympic closing ceremony that will be a unique promotion of great British popular music,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

“For the closing ceremony, which will be titled ‘A Symphony Of British Music’, we will not only be working with our most globally successful musicians, but we also want to use this opportunity to showcase our stars of tomorrow,” he said.

Gavin described it as the “after-show party” to the main event of sporting competition, adding it would be a “fabulous emotional experience, something that everyone will remember for years to come.”

The team, which includes designer Es Devlin, music director David Arnold and lighting designer Patrick Woodroofe, guarded on most of the detail, saying that they wanted to save some surprises for the night.

It was also announced that the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is to record the core orchestral soundtrack for the London 2012 opening and closing ceremonies.

No individual acts for closing ceremony have been announced but it is being set up as an action-packed affair featuring more than 4,100 volunteer and youth performers, 250 professionals and a line-up of “top talent”.

They will include 3,500 adult volunteers and 380 schoolchildren from the six host boroughs. The 10,500 athletes who have competed at the Games will also be there.


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