The anthems will be played for the first time is at the Team Welcome Ceremonies which begin tomorrow, as athletes arrive to the Olympic and Paralympic Village.
Over 200 national anthems have been arranged by British composer, conductor and cellist Philip Sheppard and were recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 36 musicians have spent 50 recording hours over 6 days to record the anthems which will now be played at over 100 Team Welcome Ceremonies and 805 Victory Ceremonies in the run up to and during the Games.
The Ceremonies have been created produced and choreographed by The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT) who will also perform the shows. As well as a performance by the NYT, the Team Welcome Ceremonies will also consist of protocol moments including the playing of the national anthems and raising of flags by members of the Armed Forces.
Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair, said: ‘Teams from all over the world are coming to London and the Athletes’ Village will become their home throughout the Games. The National Youth Theatre will ensure that the Team Welcome Ceremonies will provide the warmest welcome to London and help create an environment for them to prepare for what could be the greatest moment in their sporting careers.'
The official London 2012 national anthems will also be played at Victory Ceremonies where medal winning athletes can formally celebrate their success.