12 August 2012, 22:05

2012 Olympics closing ceremony: ‘A symphony of British music’

2012 Olympics closing ceremony: ‘A symphony of British music’

The Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be titled ‘A Symphony of British Music,’ to celebrate the fact that music has been one of Britain’s strongest cultural exports over the last 50 years.

The worldwide broadcast of the Ceremony will start at 9pm and feature more than 4,100 performers, including 3,500 adult volunteers and 380 schoolchildren from the six east London Host Boroughs.

The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games will provide an opportunity for the world to view the artistic expression of Artistic Director Kim Gavin, his team and the culture of our Host City and the UK. As with the Opening Ceremony, there are certain elements that must feature as outlined in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Charter. The artistic performance of the Ceremony then gets underway and celebrates the success of the Games.

Organisers will work with some of the country’s most globally successful musicians, along with some of the industry’s stars of tomorrow. The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has been appointed to record the soundtracks for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Many of the ceremony’s details are being withheld from the general public much like Danny Boyle’s awe-inspiring Opening Ceremony. Yet, some of those “globally successful musicians” have already been confirmed including British rockers Muse, who will be performing their Olympic-inspired song “Survival.” Also confirmed to pay tribute to British music over the past 50 years are the Spice Girls, Adele, the Who, and members of Pink Floyd, reports the LA Times.

Unlike the Opening Ceremony in which athletes march according to their nationality, the Closing Ceremony’s March of the Athletes has all the competitors march together in a single file line as a sign of solidarity between the countries. Then, three flags will be raised while the corresponding national anthem is played. First, the Greek flag to honor the birthplace of the Games, then the flag of the host nation, and finally the flag of the next host nation, Brazil in 2016, is raised.

Anastasia Davydova, the only five-times Olympic champion in the history of synchronous swimming, will carry the Russian flag at the closing ceremony of the Olympics-2012, the Russian Olympic Committee’s press-service reports. Davydova, who was twice Olympic champion both in 2004 and 2008, announced an end of her sport career after winning the gold medal at the Olympics-2012. At the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, Maria Sharapova, who later reached the finals of the tennis competitions, carried the Russian flag.

After the raising of the flags, London Mayor Boris Johnson will symbolically return the Olympic flag to IOC President Jacques Rogge who, in turn, will hand the flag over to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes. Rogge then declares the Games officially over and the flame which has burned in the cauldron since the Opening Ceremony will be put out.

The closing ceremony of the XXX summer Olympic Games will start on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. local time (midnight in Moscow).

Official London 2012 website, Yahoo! Sports

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