I then went straight into three months intense rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. These rehearsals were like none I have ever experienced. Shrouded in secrecy before the big day, rehearsals took place at Three Mills studios, a full scale replica of the Olympic Stadium in Barking and of course the stadium itself.

The Opening Ceremony was an incredible experience, one that I will never forget.

December was my busiest Christmas yet, working with Chameleon Brass, sitting in on the West End production of 'Scrooge' and appearing over 8 nights at Robin Ince's Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London.

This gave me a real opportunity to give the laser harp a real test as well as playing the trombone every night. The shows were all a great success (even the first night when the harp decided not to work!) and the list of scientists, singer song writers, musicians and comedians contained too many inspirational people to mention.

watch the 'Pandemonium' segment here


I was then really fortunate to be asked to play at the Closing Ceremony with the Hackney Colliery band. The band were the official warm up act, playing live to over 80,000 people in the stadium before the big event began. We then joined in with the main show playing alongside Madness in their classic hit of 1982, 'Our House'

2012 was an incredible year. It started off with me conducting the world famous 'Fanfare for the Common Man' by Aaron Copland, one of the most iconic brass pieces of all time, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, part of the Southbank Centre in London.

Laser harp in action

I finished the year by sitting in on the West End production of Scrooge, and Christmas Day concert in Kent and a New Years Eve gig with the exciting Empire State Band

Steve Thompson