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Muswell Hill Choir performs national anthem at Olympic Opening Ceremony
A choir from Muswell Hill performed infront of more than a billion people on Friday night as they sang the national anthem at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.
The Kaos Signing Choir for Deaf and Hearing Children, based in Church Crescent, perfrormed in the Olympic Stadium as Union Flag was raised.
Suzy Davies, musical director of the company said: “I just couldn’t believe it when we got the call. To perform at the Olympic opening ceremony was absolutely phenomenal.
“The children were incredible, they were all so well behaved and polite to everyone and their performance was exceptional. I’m so proud of all of them.
“We weren’t looking to be involved in the Olympics, but about four months ago we received a call from Danny Boyle’s office saying they would like to come down and have a listen.
“He came down and heard us and the next day we got the call saying they wanted us to be in the opening ceremony and we were all sworn to secrecy.”
The choir rehearsed for four months and out of the 250 singers in the choir 80 performed in the Olympic stadium.
Six pupils from Highgate Primary School and six from Blanche Nevile School, in Storey Road, all took part in the event which was watched my more than a billion people around the world.
The Kaos Signing Choir was founded in 1995 Ali Jackson and Ms Davies and now has a choir of more than 200 young people under the age of 18.
The choir has attracted attention from media around the world from Ecuador to New Zealand where they appeared in a national newspaper.