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[9-Sep-2012] Coldplay @ Paralympics Closing Ceremony, London, UK (please post your reviews for Wiki,

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Coldplay medley to close Games


Hundreds of musicians will perform their own renditions of one of Coldplay's biggest hits to mark the end of the Paralympic Games.


The band's anthem Viva La Vida will be played simultaneously at outdoor concerts across the UK in a Bandstand Marathon ahead of the Paralympic closing ceremony.


Performers will be encouraged to play their own unique take on the song on September 9, as part of the finale to the London 2012 festival.


Hundreds of outdoor community concerts will be staged for the event, as the song is performed at 2pm on the final day of the Games.


Organisers said the Bandstand Marathon will present a "unique portrait of the UK's diverse musical tastes and styles in 2012".


Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who will headline the closing ceremony with his band, said: "It's a great honour for us to be part of the celebrations for the Paralympic Games and it should be a great moment when the bandstands of Great Britain strike up in unison."


Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Millions of people across the capital have already enjoyed an astonishing variety of music, drama, and spectacle from around the world. The Bandstand Marathon renditions of Coldplay's instantly-recognisable mega hit Viva la Vida will be fittingly upbeat coda to the London 2012 celebrations.


"We want as many Londoners as possible to take part and after the Games are over I hope many more will be encouraged to bring the sound of beautiful music to their local communities. Long live life indeed!"


The Bandstand Marathon will include a performance from a 91-year-old singer in Bellfield Park, Inverness, while London's Regent's Park will celebrate traditional and contemporary Jewish music.


An Elvis impersonator will perform in Victoria Park, Barry, South Wales, and visitors to Broomfield Park, Palmers Green, north London, can expect the Afro-Caribbean beats of The Harambe Drummers.



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Rain or shine, Rihanna or whoever else, it's Coldplay and apparently they'll take the show... Sounds fantastic to me... :nod:


This :awesome:


How amazing! One big event filled mostly with Coldplay and their awesomeness :awesome: What a treat for us the fans :awesome:

Can't wait to watch the whole thing!!

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oops what happened there! anyway why doesn't rihanna just fuck off


Coldplay wrote a song to play with her as a duete, clearly invited her to the Parlympics. Yet she should be the one to f... off? Why won't you ask Coldplay to leave her the f... alone since they are the ones solliciting her services?

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Coldplay wrote a song to play with her as a duete, clearly invited her to the Parlympics. Yet she should be the one to f... off? Why won't you ask Coldplay to leave her the f... alone since they are the ones solliciting her services?


Relax! : )


People are still entitled to have a negative opinion about Rihanna, not matter what Coldplay does, think or say.


I didn't like her individual Grammy performance so I'm definitely not looking forward to seeing her perform at the Paralympics Closing Ceremony.

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Viva across the UK to mark end of Games

28 August 2012 10:35 am

Hundreds of bandstands to unite in simultaneous rendition of Viva La Vida





Good morning. To mark the end of the London 2012 Games, Coldplay's song Viva La Vida will play out on Sunday, 9 September at hundreds of bandstands across the UK as part of Bandstand Marathon.


The band - who will perform at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony - have endorsed musicians across the UK to play the song. At 2pm, bandstands nationwide, including the Olympic Park Bandstand, will see musicians of all kinds perform their own unique renditions of the song at the same time - a collective moment to mark the end of the London 2012 Games and a fantastic summer of sport and culture.


Chris Martin said: ‘It’s a great honour for us to be part of the celebrations for the Paralympic Games and it should be a great moment when the bandstands of Great Britain strike up in unison.’


This preview to the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony later in the evening is part of the nationwide Bandstand Marathon, an event that will see hundreds of outdoor community concerts taking place simultaneously throughout the UK from 1pm – 5pm.


To find out where your local participating bandstand is, and for information on other London 2012 Festival events in your region, click here.



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I thought your post was sarcastic instead of humorous, make up your mind! ;)


It was both. I was poking fun at the idea Kate would even entertain the idea of coming back to perform let alone doing a duet. I was also poking fun at the fact Kate is a credible artist compared to Rihanna.

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I'm so excited about the Paralympic closing ceremony, but I'm not sure where to go to watch. Unfortunately I don't have tickets. So where is everyone going? Trafalgar Square or Hyde Park where the big screens are? Or in the Paralympic Park itself? Any other ideas? Thanks!

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Coldplay join pioneering orchestra of disabled musicians for closing ceremony

Classical maestro Charles Hazlewood's 'paraorchestra' is set to take centre stage at the Paralympics




A new orchestra created by popular classical conductor Charles Hazlewood composed of 17 musicians with disabilities – including a one-handed pianist and a woman with such severe cerebral palsy that she requires 24-hour care – is preparing to play in the closing ceremony of the Paralympics.


Its performance alongside Coldplay has been kept secret, but last Thursday the musicians were gathered at a church in north London for rehearsals.


Hazlewood campaigned vigorously earlier this year for his "paraorchestra" to be included in the Paralympics ceremonies. He wanted to raise the issue of the lack of representation of disabled musicians in orchestras, and saw this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. "Where are the platforms for brilliant musicians?" he asks.


It is understood that the invitation, which includes playing the closing Paralympian anthem as the flag is lowered next Saturday, came after Hazlewood lobbied David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary. A signal of intention duly arrived in March.


Auditions for the orchestra started a year ago and the musicians performed live for the first time before a paying audience on 1 July at a festival that Hazlewood organises in Glastonbury Abbey's grounds. They have since played at other venues.


Hazlewood has also fought hard to have a documentary made about the creation of the orchestra: "It took five months. The BBC said, 'Oh no, we haven't got space,' and I was banging away at Channel 4's top executives. Then I was at a meeting with the BBC's leading executives and I thought, 'Right, you bastards'. I gave them both barrels about it. Alan Yentob [bBC creative director] leapt to his feet like a scalded cat and offered to step in."


That finally spurred C4 to commit and the resulting hour-long documentary will be screened next Sunday.


"It seemed so odd: this is not a niche arts programme, and in this year of all years it was an absolute no-brainer," said Hazlewood.


The inspiration for the paraorchestra is a deeply personal one. Hazlewood's daughter Eliza, six, has cerebral palsy and shows outstanding singing ability, he believes.


"For 20 years I have been conducting orchestras around the world, and having a child with a disability started me thinking," said Hazlewood. "This community was invisible to me before, but in all that time I realised I have seen only three disabled musicians playing in them. It seems baffling, illogical, wrong. Fifty years ago, how many women were there in orchestras? None. It would be laughable, absurd, now. It should surely represent all parts of the community, just like a healthy mix of gender. The Paralympics have achieved miracles in sport. Music is universal.


"This is not about the therapeutic value of music. I have no interest in a paraorchestra as a warm fuzzy feeling that is a good end in itself. I am not interested in some disabled ghetto. It is the means to a bigger end. By creating a platform that gains attention because of the virtuosity of the musicians, I want to see if we might approach integration. In the theatre and dance, trailblazing projects have been going on for years. For music to be so poorly served is infuriating." He added that technical and scientific advances were also creating the means for trained musicians with physical impairments to make music, provided funds were available.


The C4 documentary makes clear that he is looking for musicians "at the top of their game, technically, and with a spirit behind the virtuosity". One of the orchestra members who meets that test, Clarence Adoo, was a trumpet player with the Northern Sinfonia in Gateshead until paralysed below the shoulders in a car accident. He plays electronic music now by blowing into a tube. Several others use specially adapted tablets, though most play conventional instruments ranging from the violin, sitar and wind instruments to drums.


The TV programme charts the careful selection of musicians, but also discloses an inclusive approach to making music. The pieces chosen for the Glastonbury performance, the traditional English tune Greensleeves and Ravel's Bolero, involved a degree of improvisation. "The core principle is that the music is born out of improvisation. We whittle down the musical narrative in rehearsal and the point at which it hits the stage is when we own it collectively," Hazlewood said.


With hundreds of millions of people around the world expected to watch the closing ceremony of the Paralympics, Hazlewood hopes to harness the publicity to rouse the musical community. There is talk of a European tour and possible studio recordings. The orchestra is booked to perform at the Unlimited festival at London's South Bank, and there is a queue of disabled musicians waiting to be assessed for inclusion in the paraorchestra.


C4's chief executive, David Abraham, said the delay in commissioning the programme came at a time of year when the channel was busy organising the Paralympics, and that the paraorchestra had also been asked to provide a theme tune for another programme.



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