Bandstand Marathon: Wales joins London 2012 'salute'

Image caption Bands across the UK played Coldplay's Viva La Vida simultaneously, with the group among the stars of the closing concert for the Paralympics

Bandstands across Wales have filled up for a final salute to the Olympic and Paralympic London 2012 games.

Ten concerts, from Chepstow to Wrexham, were held on Sunday afternoon as part of the UK wide Bandstand Marathon.

As part of the event, bands played playing Coldplay's Viva La Vida at the same time with the group's blessing.

The events marked the official finale of the closing celebrations for the London 2012 Festival.

It is also the end of the Cultural Olympiad, which has seen hundreds of arts events held since 2008.

Organisers of the Wales event said it was an opportunity to show off local talent, and celebrate the games.

Wendy Paintsil, one of the organisers of the Wrexham event, said beforehand: "We are delighted to have this opportunity to present so many talented local musicians at Llwyn Isaf.

"We hope that as many people will join us on the day - all you need to do is bring a picnic, blanket or chair for what will be a free and fabulous celebration of local music."

For the Abergavenny Borough Band it was an even bigger day as they their place at the Olympic Park, to join the two other winners of the Last Band Standing competition, to play their big band version of Coldplay's hit.

The renowned conductor Charles Hazelwood described the Abergavenny band as "a big band as it should be: big sound, big heart, big round of applause".

Band chairman Andrew Richards said before the event: "This is an amazing opportunity for the band and everyone is very excited by the prospect of playing on an international stage.

"Representing Wales and Welsh music groups in a performance at the Olympic Park will be a tremendous achievement for us, and a landmark in the history of our organisation."

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