15 August 2012
An Access to Music graduate from Canterbury Christ Church University played his part in the eagerly anticipated closing ceremony of the Olympic Games last week.
Pedro Consorte, a member of the international percussion sensation, STOMP performed alongside other cast members in a dedicated section of the closing ceremony. A handful of Pedro’s co-performers played their instruments whilst in harnesses, hanging on the side of a replica London Eye style ferris wheel.
Talking about his experience, Pedro, originally from Brazil, said: “Performing at the closing ceremony was unbelievable! It went very quickly and I had to stay very focused, but when I realised 80 thousand people, and possibly 4 billion on TV, were watching me, it was a shock.
“I had so much adrenaline when I was performing that I could barely see what was in front of me.
“This event was very special for STOMP because it put together the London and tour casts, making us very united as a group.”
The cast were involved in several rehearsals in the Three Mill Studios in London as the Olympic Stadium still had competitors racing up to the afternoon before the show.
Pedro wasn’t the only cast member representing Christ Church at the Olympic ceremonies.
Performing Arts Dance Tutor, Nathalie Chamberlain, was a member of a small ensemble who danced in a lindy hop/hip hop collaboration during the opening ceremony, whilst Dr Dikaia Chatziefstathiou, Reader in Olympic Studies and the Social Analysis of Sport in the Department of Sport, Leisure and Tourism was also a dancer in the ‘Thanks Tim’ section of the opening ceremony.
Both performers had to get through a number of auditions and take part in over twenty rehearsals in the run up to the ceremony.
Dr Dikaia Chatziefstathiou, said: “What a colourful, joyful and powerful experience to remember and to use for my own Olympic-related research. The electric vibe from the audience when dancing on the stage of the Olympic Stadium will accompany me forever. I feel so grateful to have been part of it."
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
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