Pandemonium Four - The road to Rio
Thursday, 4th August 2016
During a summer of Brexit discord and terrorist attacks, it’s great to look forward to the imminent opening of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and the promise of the wildly exciting Samba rhythms, colours and extravagant costumes Brazil is renowned for.
Rewind to the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and my wonderful memories as one of the Pandemonium Drummers* in the Industrial Revolution section and also one of the marshals moving and grooving around the athletes. The moves, the music from the ceremony and the amazing rhythms have all gradually found their way into my weekly classes and I’m never short of inspiration being an active drummer. This Olympic legacy continuously feeds my favourite element of Medau Movement with its use of rhythm and rhythmics to influence and inspire movement.
This positive spirit will be familiar to anyone who has ever been involved in a collective creative project or organisation and that of course includes the wonderful family of Medau Movement teachers, trainers and class members With the Pandemonium Drummers, I’ve since gone on to perform at over 150 events, including the FA and Champions League Cup Finals, London New Year’s Day Parade, London Marathon and various community and charity festivals. Four years ago I could not have dared to believe how my life would change and how my inherent love of rhythm could be so elevated. It just proves that if the opportunity arises to try for something you love, just go for it: it could change your life and open up a whole new world. Seize the moment as I did and just go for it.
*Pandemonium drummers feature on a new charity single released on
27th July in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust
It celebrates the spirit and legacy of the games and is an anthem of unity, hope and
positivity. The track is dedicated to the late Stephen Sutton MBE, who performed with the drummers at Wembley Stadium in May 2013, fulfilling a bucket list goal, and made headlines around the world after raising millions for the charity.
The track is available now – full video and pre-order links:
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