LSO On Track: Olympics Opening Ceremony
On Friday 27 July 2012, the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor François-Xavier Roth were proud to play at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games with 80 young LSO On Track musicians from East London aged 7–17, in an arrangement of Elgar’s Nimrod by Gareth Glyn, followed by And I Will Kiss, a new piece by Rick Smith, Music Director of the Opening Ceremony.
The young people who performed are part of LSO on Track, a programme in East London which provides musical opportunities to young people regardless of background, in partnership with music services. Many of the participants joined the scheme four years ago as complete beginners. They have been coached by LSO players to develop and improve their skills and focus. The LSO also provides outstanding performance opportunities for them alongside LSO musicians.
'Working with LSO members, real, live professional musicians, was unbelievable. We would rehearse for hours and hours. They were so supportive and really helped me develop my skills as a musician. When we finished, the air was buzzing. It was very a very special moment I will never forget. I just felt really proud to be part of such a big event in people’s lives.'
Bethany Grogan, 15, LSO On Track participant
'Making music together helps young people develop their sense of commitment, co-operation, dedication and application.'
Belinda McFarlane, LSO violinist
Congratulations to everyone involved in this special evening:
LSO ON TRACK
Syed Al-Nahiyan Ishtar
Rosa Bishenden Moon
Alexander Bishenden Moon
Tayfun Hassan Onder
Sami Latif Inova Lee
Menelik Mulugeta Claffey
Ines-Amael Olenga Disashi
François Xavier-Roth conductor