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The spectacular music that featured throughout the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony is available digitally now, around the world, just moments after the Ceremony has ended. From the moment the specially-commissioned 23-ton bell, the largest harmonically tuned bell in the world, chimed, the Olympic Stadium came to life with music. The emotional punch and strength of two brand new compositions from Underworld provided some of the most stirring moments of the night.
The London 2012 Olympic Games are destined to be remembered for a lot of things including - hopefully - the heroics of British athletes like Jessica Ennis and newly crowned Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins as they compete for gold. But the chances are London 2012 will also be remembered as the first musical Olympics, when spectators walk away from the velodrome or aquatics centre whistling a classic or humming one of the five official Olympic songs from Muse, Elton vs Pnau, Dizzee Rascal featuring Pepper, Delphic or Chemical Brothers.
On the heels of Muse’s ‘Survival’, details have been revealed of the remaining four official songs for the sports presentation programme of the London 2012 Olympic Games. ‘Good Morning To The Night’ by Elton John vs Pnau is out now, with ‘Good Life’ by Delphic (released July 23rd), ‘Theme For Velodrome’ by Chemical Brothers (released July 30th) and ‘Scream’ by Dizzee Rascal feat. Pepper (released August 6th) all available to pre-order on iTunes now.
Get a stitch just watching Sir Chris Hoy climb on his cycle? Don’t worry. You don’t even need a ticket to the Olympics because Universal is making the London 2012 experience available to anyone who owns a sound system or pair of headphones.
Team GB is targeting 48 medals this year. Hopefully the Great British Winners soundtrack will provide winning inspiration because it features gold standard singers and bands from every area of British rock and pop over the last four decades.
Nothing tugs at the heart strings harder than a National Anthem being belted out in a packed stadium by emotional athletes and thousands of their supporters. Now imagine having an album with over 200 anthems from every country represented at the London Games.
This release picks up from Music For London with 20 more contemporary rock and pop songs about the capital city and its inhabitants.
This time the musical map has been drawn by many singers and songwriters, who were born in London or spent their formative years tramping its streets.
The capital city, its famous characters, landmarks and unparalleled history has inspired countless composers, songwriters and singers over the centuries.
Music For London gathers up the best of them to present some of the most iconic jazz, folk and classical anthems associated with the great city.
In the two years since they were unveiled Wenlock and Mandeville, the official mascots of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, have already made a big impact in the run up to the Games inspiring thousands of youngsters to take an active part in sport.
A series of fun, animated films has been created for youngsters to engage with Wenlock and Mandeville as they embark on Olympic-related adventures during a journey to the Games in London.
Rainbow to the Games is the soundtrack accompanying the mascots as they travel the UK, try out new sports and meet some of the sporting legends who will take part in this year’s athletic events.