In 2012 Danny Boyle decided he wanted drummers at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games and the Pandemonium Drummers were born, including Vicki Baldwin, 64, from Finchley.

Four years later they have released a charity single produced by Felix Buxton of Basement Jaxx.

The record, titled Champion, features Melissa Cavanagh from The Voice alongside Brendan Reilly and Vula Malinga, among others.

The single celebrates the four year anniversary and is dedicated to the late Stephen Sutton MBE, who performed with the drummers at Wembley Stadium in May 2013, fulfilling a bucket list goal, and made headlines around the world after raising millions for charity.

I spoke to Vicki Baldwin to find out about all the amazing things the Pandemonium Drummers have achieved since their foundation, including performing at 150 events including the Henley Festival and the 2013 UEFA Champions League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

Where did the idea come from?

The track was written by Denis Fernando, Pandemonium Drummer and hugely talented musician. He wanted to celebrate the spirit that drives ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things.

Not just sportspeople, but individuals like Stephen Sutton whose fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust was phenomenal and raised the profile of the charity.

Can you describe the process of creating the single?

I was not involved in the early stages of the project, but in rehearsal and the recording. It has been an enormous amount of work and bearing in mind that everyone involved is a volunteer, it is an amazing example of the can-do spirit that I believe was demonstrated in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

How did it feel to partake in the opening of 2012?

There are no words to describe the experience of taking part in the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. I remember finishing our piece and looking at the audience reaction and thinking “I will never feel this again”. And of course I never have because that was a unique experience.

How did you get involved with the Pandemonium Drummers?

The Pandemonium Drummers didn’t exist before London 2012. We were a figment of Danny Boyle’s imagination. Everybody volunteered, everybody went through two auditions, one of which was a drumming audition.

Most people had no experience of drumming, but by the time we had gone through 150 hours of rehearsal we sounded pretty good – even though we were playing plastic buckets, metal buckets with bolts in them and plastic bins, not only did we perform in the opening section, we marshalled the athletes during the parade. In addition, we were the only group to take part in the closing ceremony as well. Wearing our now iconic blue bowler hats with light bulbs on, we lined the stadium and the segments of the Damian Hurst painting that formed the floor.

Did you meet Felix, if so what was he like and how did you feel?

I only met Felix in the context of the recording. I thought he was patient, good humoured and charming in a very pressured atmosphere.

Were you always musical?

I was always more of a dancer. I was learning to play djembe when I heard that 1,000 drummers were wanted for the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Where are your favourite local venues to visit, for music or other things?

The Arts Depot for Over 60s. Contemporary Dance class and Creative Circle. Innovation Dance in Lodge Lane for Contemporary Dance.My very favourite venue was the now defunct Torrington. Otherwise I follow my husband’s band Engine Room. He’s a drummer. And no, he didn’t take part in the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

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