Back ‘home’ to a wonderful world wide welcome!
The Games Maker Choir opened the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium, in a very special performance at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.
It was a real honour to be invited to open proceedings at such a prestigious event, back at the Olympic Park and Stadium where the choir was started during the London 2012 Olympics, 5 years ago almost exactly to the day!
Over 70 members of the choir were involved, sound checking and performing on the home straight of the athletics track where so many big medals have been won, to a huge and appreciative audience both in the stadium and live on the BBC.
Performing twice, the choir sang ‘Wake Me Up’ by Avicii, and then our signature tune ‘One Day Like This’ by Elbow in a tribute to all of the many volunteers involved in 2012 and in the World Championships.
Following our performance, and rather unexpectedly, the choir were then introduced and chatted to Lord Sebastian Coe, The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York who all personally congratulated us on the performance and chatted for several minutes about how the choir keeps the London 2012 volunteering legacy alive in such a musical way.
The choir then enjoyed a fantastic evening of athletics including Mo Farah’s 5000m win and one of Usain Bolt’s final appearances.
Members of the choir are just some of the 70,000 volunteer Games Makers brought together for London 2012, with more joining the choir since the Rio 2016 Olympics. The volunteering legacy lives on as choir members continue to give their time, energy and skills to events, large and small.
The choir is fast becoming the “go to choir for sport” having performed at 2015 Rugby World Cup, The Tour de France, European Hockey Championships, England Rugby Internationals, and for Team GB, to name a few. But the London 2017 performance, at the “home” of London 2012 where it all started for the choir will hold a very special place and stay long in the memory.
Margaret - August 11, 2017