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Department Zamar Choir sings at Olympic Torch Event

Posted on 22 June 2012

On Tuesday 19 June 2012, the ‘gospel sensation’ Zamar choir featured in the Olympic Torch Event at York Racecourse.

Department Zamar Choir sing at the Olympic Torch Event at York Racecourse

Zamar member Helen Littlewood describes the experience:

The day as a whole was extremely exciting. We arrived for our rehearsal on the main stage in the afternoon and were shown to our own tent where we could warmup and prepare. Singing on the stage in rehearsal was daunting already without the addition of 26,000 people! The afternoon’s activities were enjoyable as well with various stalls and rides to peruse. Meeting some of the Olympic Torch bearers was a highlight and they were kind enough to let us hold the torches and take photos. We were slightly disheartened that we were not able to see the olympic torch come down the racecourse and light the cauldron as we had to wait backstage, but this was more than made up for when we got on stage and saw the massive audience watching us. They were very responsive and we all had a very enjoyable time on stage, with most of us wanting to do more than ten minutes of performing! It’s such a priviledge to be able to say that Zamar have performed at an olympic torch event, and to say we have experienced such a massive crowd and BBC filming. The day was successful and enjoyable for all – if only we could do it again!