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30 August 2012, 09:46
The Paralympic Opening Ceremony featured music from the London Symphony Orchestra prominently, including works by Handel and Britten.
Music performed by the London Symphony Orchestra featured in a spectacular opening ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The accompanying soundtrack was released digitally this morning, and is entitled 'Enlightenment - Music For The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games'.
Among the LSO's various tracks on the album are voiceovers from Professor Stephen Hawking, a song from blind soprano Denise Lee and music from dance duo Orbital and soul singer Beverley Knight.
The soundtrack also features versions of Handel's 'Eternal Source of Light Divine' and Benjamin Britten's version of the National Anthem. The LSO were also heavily involved in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, which went straight to the no. 1 position in the UK Charts.
The Paralympic Opening Ceremony itself used over 3,000 adult volunteers, over 100 child volunteers and a professional cast of over 100, including Sir Ian McKellen who appeared as Prospero in the ceremonies narrative, inspired by The Tempest.