Woking is Chosen to Host Bandstand Marathon- An Official Event to Mark End of Olympics

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By grainne19 | Sunday, August 12, 2012, 13:46

Sunday 9 September will see Woking Bandstand hosting a number of bands and musicians as part of the nationally run Bandstand Marathon 2012. Organised in the town by the Phoenix Cultural Centre Fundraising Committee in partnership with Woking Borough Council it is the first time Woking has hosted this event. Elaine McGinty, from the Phoenix Cultural Centre Committee said, 'We're really excited about this because it is an opportunity for people of all ages to see and enjoy local music free but also to have a go themselves, and if anyone does play an instrument they could bring it along for the Community big busk at the end, if not there'll be plenty of opportunities to try things or just sing along, the idea is to have fun and celebrate, everyone is welcome.' 


Recognised by LOCOG as part of the biggest closing event for London 2012, the Bandstand Marathon will see over 500 events in bandstands and other open spaces happening across the UK.

Taking place between 1pm – 5pm, this will be the largest Bandstand Marathon to date, a truly national event linking local communities and London 2012. Further information can be found from www.bandstandmarathon.org.uk

This year champions of voluntary music in the community,  Superact are teaming up with theDepartment of Communities and Local Government and Making Music to bring you a fresh, bright and exciting four-hour Bandstand Marathon event that will be bigger than ever before. In addition to the Big Busk open to all, confirmed acts playing so far in Woking are Rob Foster, WillB & The Bikini Black Special, The Wheels, Phoenix Chroi/Jezebel No More and students from Woking's ACM Juniors.

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said:

"The Bandstand Marathon is encouraging local music groups to fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as Superact we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in creating a cultural legacy post-London 2012."

Eric Pickles Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government recently said:

"On the final day of the Paralympic Games there's the Bandstand Marathon.

An end of show party to end all end of show parties. 500 areas across the country coming together to enjoy the fellowship of music. Whether it's a steel drum playing in a local park, a piano recital in a shopping centre, a choral choir in a public garden, the one thing that's guaranteed, you won't have seen anything like it before.'

If you would like to take part in this national celebration then visit the the Get Involved page or just come along on the day with your instrument, voice or just hands to clap along and have a great time!

Keep updated with events by visiting our Bandstand Marathon pages on Facebook, Twitter and blog or email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk



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