Elsewhere, the BBC will be celebrating Shakespeare during the London 2012 Festival, with an extensive range of programmes across television, radio and online. The season includes four of Shakespeare’s history plays and a world-class cast, including Jeremy Irons, John Hurt and Julie Walters.
BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival, will also be part of the celebrations. The programme includes Daniel Barenboim leading the West Eastern Divan Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's Ninth on the opening day of the London 2012.
Taking place over the weekend of 3–4 March 2012, Music Nation will be an unprecedented collaboration of the UK’s orchestral and music-making community, devised and led by the BBC. It will be the first nationwide countdown event to the London 2012 Festival, with content being specially recorded for BBC Radio 3.
The BBC has been working in partnership with the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) to create a range of programming to complement the Cultural Olympiad across the UK next summer.
Mark Thompson, BBC Director General, said: ‘Coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games and the Cultural Olympiad represents the biggest single broadcast event in the BBC’s history. We want to bring this unique sporting and cultural celebration to every household in the land.’
Multi-award winning band Elbow have been chosen to provide the soundtrack to London 2012 on the BBC, with a specially commissioned piece of music which will be used across Games content.
Ruth Mackenzie, Director, Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, said: ‘The host nation broadcaster is not only adding to the quality and breadth of the Festival programme, but also committed to providing extensive coverage of the London 2012 Festival through the festival period.’
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