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dateline: 20 April 2011

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London Orchestra To Record Anthems

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • philharmonic: devoted to music
  • Paralympic Games: international competition for athletes with disabilities
  • orchestra: a large group of musicians who use instruments such as strings, brass, and woodwinds
  • cellist: a person who plays the cello (bass instrument from the violin family)
  • condense: reduce in size
  • studio: a place to record sound

London Philharmonic Orchestra Recording Anthems for 2012

The London Philharmonic is gearing up to record 205 national anthems for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The recordings will begin in May and will take about a week to complete. Phillip Sheppard, the composer and cellist who is in charge of the , says condensing the anthems to one minute is a difficult job. The composer also had to adapt shorter anthems, such as which is only nine bars long. The anthems will be played at the Victory Ceremonies and welcoming events. The world famous orchestra is also recording the music for the Opening . The recordings will take place at London’s Abbey Road Studios, used by many world famous , including the Beatles.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the famous orchestra going to do?
  2. Who is Phillip Sheppard?
  3. Why does the reading mention the Beatles?

Discussion Question: “The playing of anthems at victory ceremonies is one of the most emotive parts of any Games…” Do you agree with this statement by 2012 Olympic Chairman, Sebastian Coe? How do you feel when you hear your country’s anthem?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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