The Games Maker Choir is formed of over 150 Games Makers who volunteered at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Introducing The Games Maker Choir – click on this link to watch an introductory video and scroll down the page to find out more on how we started, the continuing “unexpected legacy” of London 2012 and how we can proudly say we are now “the GO TO Choir for sport”!
Here’s what the choir looks and sounds like now
The Games Maker Choir Showreel
The choir goes from strength to strength and is a living, singing legacy from 2012 continuing to surprise and delight audiences around the country performing at some of the world’s largest sporting events.
How the choir started and some of our adventures – so far!
Founded in the Olympic Park and directed by 23 year old Victoria Verbi, the choir came about following a passing comment from a family member about how much fun it would be to have an Olympic choir. So, following a notice in the daily Games Maker newsletter and just two days later, after one brief rehearsal, the choir performed on the Bandstand in the Olympic Park and on numerous radio shows proving to be a great hit.
But it didn’t stop there. The choir was then asked by LOCOG to sing at the “Our Greatest Team” Athletes’ Parade through London where the huge crowd and the athletes joined in to sing along with the choir on what was a very memorable day.
The choir is an embodiment of the spirit of the Games Makers and the 2012 Games, reflecting all that was good about the Olympics in London. Now with 2012 far behind them, and with some impressive performances under their belt the choir is asked to perform at high profile international sporting events from Rugby World Cup to European Hockey, The Tour de France and the World Athletics Championships where they opened the show at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It’s been an exciting ride for what is now a very accomplished set of singers.
The choir is fast becoming synonymous with supporting British sporting excellence.
In August 2015 the choir sang anthems and rousing songs for the EuroHockey Championships at Lea Valley, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park ….. and we clearly made an impression……singing again for the Hockey Champions Trophy England v New Zealand in June 2016.
We’ve had the honour and pleasure of performing ‘signature’ anthemic favourites from Elgar to Elbow, along with many national anthems (in an impressive range of languages) at Twickenham, Wembley the Olympic Stadium and venues on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for some world class prestigious occasions such as: the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, the 2014 RFU QBE Internationals and the 2015 Rugby World Cup……twice!
Most recently, we helped launch the Team GB Rio 2016 Beach East Fanzone at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and performed live on BBC 1’s Sunday Morning Live, accompanied by a montage of some of Team GB’s fabulous medal winning successes during the Rio 2016 Olympics
The choir also featured on BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in 2012, helped to launch Glasgow 2014’s volunteering initiative for The Commonwealth Games, greeted hundreds of cyclists arriving at Horse Guards Parade as part of the Help for Heroes “Hero Ride”, and performed back at the Olympic Park to thousands as part of the “one year on” celebrations. They’ve since supported BBC Sport Relief at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park twice in 2014 and 2016 as well as performing for the crowds in Trafalgar Square for the the Tour de France 2014.
In December 2012 following the London Games, the choir released a single with singer songwriter Alistair Griffin called “I Wish For You The World” raising money for aspiring young athletes. The Christmas single was supported by Boris Johnson, Lord Coe and David Cameron and was a fitting song to reflect such an amazing year. Watch the video here!
The choir is a great reminder of that glorious summer of 2012 and all that is good about sport and is available to book for sporting and corporate occasions – who wouldn’t want to hear us sing?!