FIREWORK SPECTACULAR – PANDEMONIUM
As night falls a magical finale event created specially by the festival featuring the mysterious beauty of Ray Lee's Chorus - 'a celestial choir of spinning sound machines'; an elegant trio of stilt walking Optioscopes; the musical magnificence of the 35 strong corps of drummers who came together to create one of the most memorable moments of the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony; and a pyrotechnic assault from the consistently brilliant Pains Fireworks. All performed to the profoundly moving sound track 'And I will Kiss…' by Rick Smith of Underworld.
Pains once again look forward to presenting the evening finale spectacular with fresh ideas helping keep the spirit of the festival and its unique status alive. Amongst all of our annual shows it is a privilege and one enjoyed by all those involved directly and indirectly in the company.
This year, as in the past 3 years, we draw on that ‘back catalogue’ that is unique within the industry to deliver a thrilling and emotional show set to music and fired from within the back drop that is quintessential England – and that will leave you buzzing for the rest of your evening and beyond – Enjoy!
The Pandemonium Drummers are the volunteer drummers from the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.
The ensemble of 965 drummers aged 18 to 85 performed Underworld’s memorable soundtrack to the Pandemonium segment of Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony Isles of Wonder, which saw the biggest theatre set change in history.
Led by Dame Evelyn Glennie, the performers drummed during the 15 minute powerful and moving industrial revolution scene, which memorably culminated in the formation of the Olympic Rings.
As marshals, the performers also guided the athletes during their parade in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies by drumming and dancing around them.
Building on the success of the Olympic Ceremonies, the volunteer performers continue to drum as the Pandemonium Drummers and have participated in prestigious events such as the London New Year’s Day Parade 2013, and played at iconic locations across London, including St Paul’s Cathedral, St Pancras International, and the Royal Festival Hall.
To relive the spirit and enthusiasm of the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies, the Pandemonium Drummers enlist the help of their friends. These are the Working Men and Women, who transformed the Green and Pleasant Land at the Opening Ceremony into an industrial landscape, and the Brunels, who impersonated Isambard Kingdom Brunel to celebrate British engineering achievements.
The Pandemonium Drummers are still a volunteer group who share their enthusiasm at events large and small in support of good causes.
CHORUS BY RAY LEE
Award-winning artist and current British Composer of the Year, Ray Lee is an artist who makes music that moves. Born out of a fascination for the invisible forces that surround us, his spectacular sound art works have transfixed and delighted audiences the world over.
Ray’s latest piece, Chorus is a monumental installation of giant kinetic sculptures, a celestial choir of spinning sound machines. Towering above the audience, a series of giant metal tripods support rotating arms. At the end of each arm, loudspeakers emit precisely tuned musical pitches, singing out a siren call to all those present. Tiny lights create the effect of planets in motion, creating mesmerising orbits of colour. These intersecting lights trace rings above the heads of the audience, while the combined chorus of the spinning speakers creates a hypnotic, harmonious whole that is both uplifting and transfixing.
Chorus is produced by Simon Chatterton and commissioned by Newbury Corn Exchange, Brookes University and Oxford Contemporary Music.