Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Godiva Awakes - Pipe and Marching band drummers wanted!

Marching Band and Pipe Drummers needed to bang the drum for London 2012 and be part of Imagineer Productions Godiva Awakes

The World’s Fastest Drummer, Carl Williams originally from Coventry, is joining Imagineer Production’s Godiva Awakes drumming group who will rehearse together and perform as part of Godiva Awakes in July 2012, summoning Godiva and heralding the Godiva Carnival 2012. Godiva Awakes is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Carl is seeking to add 10 Marching Band Drummers and Pipe Band Drummers to the already 100 strong drumming group with an open audition taking place on Sunday 29 January in Coventry. The successful auditionees will join samba, dhol, djembe and drumkit drummers as they prepare for the awakening in July 2012.

Carl Williams said: “I am really keen that people currently in Pipe Bands or Marching Bands come forward to take up this once in a lifetime opportunity. We want to ensure a real mix of drumming sounds summon Godiva when she reawakens in Coventry.”

People interested in coming along to the auditions should contact Alayne Clark on 07979 525489 for full details on the time and location of the audition.

In July 2012, Imagineer Productions' 21st Century Godiva will awake to a spectacular performance involving dancers, actors, aerialists, musicians, pyrotechnicians, carnivalists and 220 young people in a procession marking the unveiling of this Godiva for the modern age.

Powered by 100 cyclists and clothed in a coat crafted by artists from across the region, Godiva will then journey from Coventry to London to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

On 28 July 2012 Godiva will awake for the first time in 1000 years in Coventry and through a once-in-a-lifetime performance, featuring the Drummers recruited by Carl Williams, and be presented with her quest to deliver the Book of Intent to London. The Book of Intent carries the voices of young people and their global partners to the world - it is the actions they will take to make the world a fairer place.

The following day, 29 July 2012 she will be the focal point of the Godiva Carnival in Coventry; a magnificent celebration for all the family where she will board her Cyclopedia for the first time. On 30 July, she will begin her epic journey travelling along the A5 to London over seven days passing through seven towns inspiring a series of extraordinary outdoor celebrations.

Over 1000 people are already part of the Godiva Awakes project across the region, including the 100 drummers, the Communitas (220 young people), the Choir (150), the Cycle Team (100) with 58 people employed on delivering Godiva Awakes alongside eight apprenticeships for young people and a further 100 jobs planned to be created during the project.

Godiva Awakes is part of Artists taking the lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, funded by Arts Council England.

Godiva Awakes is also supported by Coventry City Council and is part of the Cities 2012 programme.

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