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The London Logs: Let the Games Begin! Celebrating with T-Rex & Beethoven

The Author By Kelly Hayes-Raitt | July 27th, 2012 | Comments No Comments

To celebrate the Opening Ceremonies, the BBC (www.bbc.co.uk/proms) held a public “sing-out” of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. I showed up at the free amateur sing-along at the Royal College of Music expecting to see earnest music students. trex.movalign=”right” style=”margin-left:7px;” border=”1″/>

Instead, more than 200 people – from kids to seniors – showed up and self-segregated into sections marked Soprano, Alto, Bass or Tenor. Renegade that I am, I started the Non-Singing Section, conveniently located in the back of the room behind the Tenors. (Frankly, with my lingering cold, I fit in well with the tenors.)

For an hour, the charismatic conductor ran us through the four solos for each of the sections – in the original German!

I perfected my lip-synching, and experienced my own joy listening to the swell of voices around me.

Beforehand, I wandered into the famous Prince Albert Hall, pictured here. prince-albert-hall.jpgAfterward, I enjoyed university students suspended from a high wire performing a la Cirque du Soleil from the outer walls of the Industrial College in an unexpected sidewalk stunt.aerial-show.jpg

South Kensington is a cultural hub that features the Natural History Museum (www.nhm.ac.uk). I stumbled upon the museum’s “Final Friday” of the month evening hours with live music and drinks served in the atrium. (Free entrance at all times, except for special exhibits.) national-history-museum.jpgI’m not a dinosaur buff, but the dramatically lit dinosaur skeletons suspended from the architecturally breathtaking 19th century building made the whole scene surreal – even before a glass of wine!

To the Olympics!
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