Coldplay’s Chris Martin has written the anthem for the inaugural Invictus Games, which open in London 10th September. The piece has been adapted for choir and orchestra by John Metcalfe. The Games will bring together over 400 wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women from 14 nations.
The anthem is based on William Ernest Henley’s nineteenth century poem, Invictus. It will be sung for the first time at the Games’ Opening Ceremony by three serving soldiers, who come from different branches of the British Armed Forces:
Gary Chilton – Warrant Officer Class One at HQ Corps of Army Music
Matthew Walker – Corporal Royal Air Force
John Sumner- Corporal Bugler Royal Marines
‘Invictus’ will then be released simultaneously on iTunes and all digital outlets in the UK, via Parlophone. The vocals were recorded on Friday, 5 September in Air Studios, London, with both Prince Harry and Chris Martin present for the recording session.
All proceeds from the sale of of the anthem will go to the Invictus Games.
For further information: https://twitter.com/InvictusLondon
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