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Almost 2,000 singers from all over the country took part in the world premiere of Karl Jenkins' Olympic-inspired work, Gods of Olympus.
Karls Jenkins was there to hear his latest composition Gods of Olympus, commissioned by The Really Big Chorus, Company to mark the Olympics sung by 2,000 voices.
Jenkins drew inspiration from four of the ancient Greek deities: Zeus, Hermes, Aphrodite, and Hephaestus for his latest work.
Jenkins has also used his own ‘mythical’ language as he did for the Adiemus series to give the piece a universal appeal.
Brian Kay conducted the 2,000 strong choir who had learnt the new piece individually.
The English Festival Orchestra and altos perform at the premiere of Karl Jenkins' Gods of Olympus.
Altos, who had all learnt the piece separately, came together for the SingDay 2012.
Mezzo-soprano Frances Bourne, conductor Brian Kay and Karl Jenkins soak up the applause after the event.
A post-interval auction to raise more funds for the National Autistic Society included the chance to conduct the English Festival Orchestra performing Knightsbridge March.
Conductor Brian Kay had a massive job on his hand, bringing together 2,000 voices who had all learnt the piece individually.
Singers arrive at the Royal Albert Hall.
Bass singers added their voices to Jenkins' new work, as well as his hugely popular piece, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.
Classic FM's More Music Breakfast show host Tim Lihoreau was at the Royal Albert Hall to see Karl Jenkins receive a standing ovation after the composer's latest choral composition, Gods of Olympus, was given a rousing reception at the SingDay 2012.
The magnificent Royal Albert Hall was the perfect venue for the spectacular evening.
Altos and bass singers take their seats as they prepared for the showcasing of Gods of Olympus.
The piece was commissioned by The Really Big Chorus in honour of the London 2012 Games.
Anyone who could sing and was able to learn the notes on their own was invited to be part of this exciting event.
The singers also sang Jenkins' iconic work The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. Jenkins' piece is now officially the world’s most-performed work by a living composer.
The English Festival Orchestra opened the concert with Eric Coates' London Suite - a tribute to the host city of the 2012 Games.
The singers get ready to perform the first of two pieces.
The three movements of the London Suite are musical sketches of Covent Garden, Westminster and Knightsbridge.
Kay at one of two rehearsals prior to the evening event.
The mammoth task was made even harder by Jenkins' demanding score that covered a wide range of dynamics.
Singers were able to buy the score to Jenkins' Gods of Olympus in the weeks running up to the event to learn by themselves.
The singers gathered at the Royal Albert Hall for 11am for the first of two rehearsals.
The Really Big Chorus held a singing workshop in June to give anyone who felt like they needed the benefit of professional advise in learning the notes.
The Really Big Chorus were joined by the operatic mezzo-soprano Frances Bourne
The Really Big Chorus is Britain’s largest choral society, made up of singers from all over the country participating as individuals or as members of established choirs.
The concert was awarded the Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games.
A double CD live recordings of this momentous night is available to order or to download.
All proceeds from programme sales, collections, sponsorship and advertising went to the National Autistic Society on its 50th anniversary.