All the musicians, who are now being lined up for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, will have to mime their performances in the event. The whole event has to be pre-recorded as a live performance is too risky.
The issues that worry the organisers is the shape of the stadium along with the weather issues. This means that the performances have to be recorded at least six weeks before the event which will be played at the show while the players go through motions, which was apparently against the wishes of the artistic director, Danny Boyle.
The recent news reminds about the controversy of Lin Miaoke a nine year old, who mimed a song during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After the event her voice was judged as not been good enough and was not considered as sufficiently pretty.
The latest decision has been criticised by the orchestra members . One of the members of the orchestra on the condition of anonymity said, “The LSO is one of the best orchestras in the world and we’re being asked to mime in front of a global audience of billions”. A Spokesperson for Locog said that due to the complexity of staging the ceremony it will not be possible for all the music to be live.