For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, the music of the London 2012 Olympic games opening and closing ceremonies will be released digitally immediately after each ceremony ends.
Isles of Wonder - Music For The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games will be released in its entirety after midnight on Saturday, July 28 and A Symphony of British Music - Music For The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games will be available on August, 12 2012.
Both albums will be released by Decca Records, under Universal Music Universal Music (official music licensee for the London 2012 Olympic Games) with the support of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
The Isles of Wonder… digital release will be available on selected download and streaming platforms prior to the physical release on August 6. A Symphony of British Music… will follow on August 12 as a digital-only release.
Richard Hinkley, general manager of Universal Music Catalogue said: “We are delighted that we have been able to make the music, which is such an important part of the British heritage and a massive part of our London 2012 Olympic Games Ceremonies, available the moment the Ceremonies end.
“We have worked closely with LOCOG to make these releases possible, and, unusually, the secrecy surrounding the two Ceremonies means that this will be the first time we have ever announced an album, letalone two, without a tracklisting.”
Dickon Stainer, president of Decca Records said: “The speed of these historic releases will be truly record-breaking.”
Danny Boyle, artistic director of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, revealed in January that the Ceremony theme had been inspired by The Tempest’s ‘Isles of Wonder’ speech – from which the title of the album has been taken.
In December 2011, it was revealed that LOCOG had appointed Underworld, the British electronic music duo, as music directors of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
With a cast of more than 10,000 performers, the theme of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony was inspired by The Tempest, the dream of Caliban. The Isles of Wonder… will feature newly-composed music by Underworld as well as but also choirs, orchestras, vocalists and musicians alongside the chimes of a specially-commissioned 23-ton bell. The largest harmonically tuned bell in the world will be rung at 9pm on July 27 to mark the formal start of the Opening Ceremony.
The Olympic Games is regarded as the world’s foremost sports competition where more than 200 nations participate. The celebration of the Games encompasses many protocols, symbols, such as the Olympic Flag and Flame, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. As the Host City, London will be showcasing itself to the world, with an expected viewing audience of up to 1 billion people.