Four years after volunteering in the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games I’m doing a special episode all about it! In fact, the idea for Volunteer Stories came from all of the volunteers I met during London 2012.

In Episode 10 of Volunteer Stories I interviewed four volunteers:

First I interview Denis (top left) – a musician who was a Pandemonium Drummer in the Olympics Opening Ceremony and who has written a new song called “Champion” to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Second I interview Rhiannon (top right) – a choreographer who was an Audience Leader in all four ceremonies and who was inspired to create a contemporary dance show about the volunteer performers called The Legacy.

Third I interview Dave (bottom left) – a web developer who was a Working Man in the Olympics Opening Ceremony and who was involved in making a documentary film about it called One Night in 2012 which aired on BBC 1 in July 2016.

Fourth I interview Colin (bottom right) – a fire breather who performed in two London 2012 Ceremonies and who is currently in Brazil rehearsing to perform in three Rio 2016 Ceremonies.


Champion by Pandemonium Drummers and Friends

Close To The Middle – Cajun Moon

I don’t Care – Secret Mission

Leave It – Third Party Incidents


You can also check out the Post Olympic Dance Group (POD) and Vision – a choir comprising of Ceremonies performers.

More Episodes

Episode 1: Georgina and the environment
Episode 2: Oliver and European Voluntary Service in Wales
Episode 3: Connie and Scouting in Vienna
Episode 4: Kiryl, Winnie and Damir and European Voluntary Service in Austria
Episode 5: Funto and International Citizen Service in Nigeria
Episode 6: Volunteering with animals in the UK and New Zealand
Episode 7: Refugees in St. Pölten, Austria
Episode 8: St. Pölten Skate Association in Austria
Episode 9: Arun and European Voluntary Service in Austria
Episode 10: Volunteering for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics
Episode 11: Calum, sports, jam making and International Citizen Service in Zimbabwe
Episode 12: Volunteering at a Library and university Social Work placements

Get involved

If you would like to share your volunteering story on Volunteer Stories email Interviews are recorded using Skype.