2008 Beijing Olympic Games

August 2008

Live Event Production

Philip was the music director for the Olympic Handover Ceremony from Beijing to London. Philip wrote a score for the London Symphony Orchestra (based on several well-known traditional British songs as well as The Shipping Forecast and the Greenwich Time Signal) and re-arranged the UK National Anthem. The ceremony culminated with Philip’s and Steve Robson’s co-production of Jimmy Page and Leona Lewis performing Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin together with Guy Pratt on bass and Geoff Dugmore on the drums. The backing was laid down at Olympic Studios with as near to an authentic setup as possible – even down to the risers for the drums and correct amps.