LSO to record London 2012 Olympics Ceremonies soundtracks

London Symphony Orchestra set to strike a chord with London 2012

London Symphony Orchestra to record the main orchestral music for London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies 

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG) has awarded the contract to record the core orchestral soundtrack for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies to the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) – one of the world’s great orchestras. 

The LSO draws on an enviable roster of soloists and conductors, including Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev, LSO President Sir Colin Davis, and Principal Guest Conductors Daniel Harding and Michael Tilson Thomas. The Orchestra is set apart from other international orchestras by its depth of commitment to music education, reaching over 60,000 people each year. The award-winning programme, LSO Discovery works locally, nationally and internationally, with thriving community projects both in London and the UK and on tour. Continuing the Orchestra’s long association with film music, the LSO has recently recorded soundtracks for Twilight: New MoonTamara Drewe andHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts 1 & 2)

Sebastian Coe, London 2012 Chair, said: ‘The London 2012 Ceremonies are an opportunity to promote the UK’s world leading culture and creative industries to over 4 billion people around the world who will be watching the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. We’re delighted that one of Britain’s world leading orchestras will be recording the orchestral music for the shows.’

Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, said: The London Symphony Orchestra is honoured and delighted to be the Orchestra of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.  The LSO aims to make great music available to everyone and the Olympic and Parlaympic opportunity will reach people of all ages across the world.  The experience of world sport and music brings people of all nationalities and backgrounds together with a common purpose and we are thrilled to be part of the Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies here in London.

Kim Gavin, Artistic Director of the Olympic and Paralympic Closing Ceremonies said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with the LSO, a world renowned orchestra, to record the core orchestral soundtrack for the ceremonies. Music that has been Britain’s strongest cultural export of the last 60 years and we intend to produce an Olympic Closing Ceremony that will be a unique promotion of great 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.’

For further information please contact Paul Woodmansey in the London 2012 Press Office on +44 (0)203 2012 100,, or visit the website. Find out the latest from London 2012 HQ on our blog or follow us on Twitter.

For further information about the London Symphony Orchestra please contact Dvora Lewis PR:
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Notes to Editors:

About the London Symphony Orchestra
The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras. Its many activities include an energetic and ground breaking education and community programme, LSO Discovery, LSO Live, the Orchestra’s own record label, a music education centre LSO St Luke’s and pioneering work in the field of digital music.  For more information visit

As it heads towards its £2bn budget for staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games, LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-four domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, Next, The Nielsen Company, Populous, Rapiscan, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Ticketmaster and Trident. 

There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Supplier, Otto Bock.

The Worldwide Olympic Partners signed up for London 2012 are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos Origin, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

View the press release on the London 2012 Official website
Read the story on the BBC News website

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