THE music soundtrack for the London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony is available now. The release follows the massive global success of Isles Of Wonder — Music For The Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games which, within seconds of release after the ceremony, registered in the top 10 download chart in 42 countries.
A Symphony Of British Music — Music For The Closing Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games is released by Universal Music labels Decca/UMC (Universal is music licensee for the London 2012 Olympic Games) with the support of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The album celebrates the global appeal of British music with spectacular performances from some of the most iconic British performers and contemporary artistes.
From classic tracks by Queen, Kate Bush, Madness, The Who, Ray Davies, David Bowie to Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Kaiser Chiefs, Muse, Elbow and the Spice Girls reunion, the event showed the brilliant diversity of British music from the past to the present.
Artistic director Kim Gavin led the spectacular show with a team which included music director David Arnold and designer Es Devlin.
He said: “I was lucky because Seb Coe asked me to put on a party, a celebration of London and the UK. To me, the sport was always the main event, and I wanted to create a great after-show party for the athletes, volunteers, spectators and people watching from around the world. My approach, just like any party, was to start with the music. We wanted the ceremony to reflect on UK music and how good and global British music is.”
The music director for the Closing Ceremony, David Arnold, wrote and produced three pieces of music that accompanied the key traditional moments of the event: Parade Of Athletes, Medal Ceremony and Spirit Of The Flame.
He said: “I curated, composed, arranged, produced, rearranged and re-recorded. If there is a universal radio station that only tunes into British music and you close your eyes and dial through it and hear all these different things sparkling — little moments and little phrases — and then you land on a certain moment, that’s what we tried to do with the symphony.” Universal Music