Earlier today, we found out that Frank Turner was asked to play the Olympic Opening Ceremony by ceremony director Danny Boyle himself. Not an hour ago, those of us watching the event live heard a beautiful voice serenading those final few carrying the flame to the Olympic Torch. We’ve now learned that the voice was provided by Alex Trimble, lead vocalist of Two Door Cinema Club.
The song was “Caliban’s Dream” by Underworld and written by Rick Smith and it served as one of the final portions of the night’s proceedings. Alex, like Frank Turner, percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, Soprano Esme Smith, and so many others, were personally chosen by Boyle. Of this, Trimble had the following to say:
“I remember getting a call from my manager one morning while I was on tour in America. It woke me up and I was half asleep and hungover – he told me that Danny wanted me to come and perform a song at the Olympics. I listened and then went back to sleep. When I woke up again I actually thought the call had been a dream. My manager called back and after a lot of convincing that it was, in fact, a real genuine offer, I obviously said yes.”
“I’m really proud of the performance. I have so much respect for the team that put it all together. Danny always made time to sit with me one on one and go through things and see how everything was going and with Rick we worked one on one too. In the studio, on the phone, it just felt so personal. Not like something that’s gone out worldwide! I’m sure it’ll take a few months for the reality to fully sink in.”
There is no video of the performance just yet, but we expect it to come through as NBC stations across America broadcast the pre-recorded event (got to love them ad dollars, eh?).