The Games Maker Choir is formed of over 150 Games Makers who volunteered at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and subsequent global sporting events.
We were formed at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by young, volunteer Games Maker Victoria Verbi at London 2012 and have been performing for British sport at some of the biggest sporting events and venues ever since. Our appearances include The World and Para World Athletics Championships, Rugby World Cup, BBC Sport Relief, Women’s Hockey World Cup, The Rugby League World Cup, England Rugby, the Aviva Premiership Rugby to name just a few. We are The Choir for Sport. Watch our Show Reel here
Scroll down the page to find out more on how we started and how we are a continuing legacy of London 2012.
The choir goes from strength to strength 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 by a then 21 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. It then went on to record a charity single with singer songwriter Alistair Griffin and appeared on BBC Sports Personality of The Year.
We are an embodiment of the spirit of the Games Makers and the 2012 Games, reflecting all that was good about the Olympics and Paralympics in London. With 2012 now far behind us, and with some impressive performances under our belts the choir is asked to perform at high profile international sporting events and places from Rugby World Cups to European Hockey Championships, and from The Tour de France to The World Athletics Championships where we opened the show at The London Stadium. It’s been an exciting ride for what is now a very accomplished set of singers.
The Choir For Sport, supporting British sporting excellence 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?!
2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup Watch the video of Ireland’s Call
2017 Opening the show at The IAAF World Athletics Championships Watch One Day Like This – Elbow, The London Stadium
In August 2015 the choir sang anthems and rousing songs for the EuroHockey Championships at Lee 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.
The launch of the Team GB Rio 2016 Fanzone at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and a live performance 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
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 London 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!
The choir also 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. We have since supported BBC Sport Relief at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as well as performing for the crowds in Trafalgar Square for 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!