Summer Olympics attracts musicians from around the world

The forthcoming London Olympic Games are succeeding in attracting some of the world’s most accomplished musicians.

Molly Townsend is set to travel from South Carolina alongside 59 other musicians from Clemson University after being invited to play a key role in the leading sporting event, reports Poway Patch.

A saxophonist and flautist, Ms Townsend is currently studying bioengineering at the university but is looking forward to playing at a number of venues across London this summer.

“Getting to go to an Olympic event is part of it. Getting to see London with a really big group is going to be fantastic as well,” explained the musician.

She added: “This is probably an once-in-a-lifetime thing. This is kind of my last hurrah of my undergrad.”

Mark Spede, the university’s director of bands, explained that it would provide a great chance for students to experience a new culture and they are already planning tours of some of London’s key tourist attractions such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

Tourists staying in central London hotels will be able to experience a wealth of musical events in the run-up to and during the London 2012 Games as the city hosts a number of special concerts featuring top artists. Brit band Blur recently confirmed that they will headline the special Hype Park Live event on Sunday August 12th to mark the closing ceremony for the Games. Other acts on the bill include The Specials and New Order.

Visitors to the city will also be able to enjoy the free BT River of Music event which will feature performances from a number of musicians along the River Thames. Taking place a week before the opening of London 2012, artists involved include the Scissor Sisters, Naturally 7, Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Zakir Hussain and Andy Sheppard.

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