Georgia’s musical year to remember

Georgia at ParalympicsJUST like many of Britain’s Olympians, 2012 was a year to remember for student Georgia Kilshaw.

For the Music BTEC student performed in two Olympic ceremonies and with The Rolling Stones in London.

“Performing at the Olympics in front of 80,000 people and the live TV audience was something very special,” said Georgia, who is 16 and from Padgate.

Georgia, who is also studying dance and drama at Priestley College, was chosen to perform in the drumming and movement section of the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.

About 750 million people watched the ceremony, which also featured stars like Take That, Jessie J and The Spice Girls.

Georgia also performed at the closing ceremony of the Paralympics where it was a similar routine with her dancing to a drumbeat.

“We were on television even more during the closing ceremony of the Paralympics and it was an amazing experience,” she said.

A year of high musical achievement did not end at the Olympics, however, as later in the year Georgia performed during an introduction to The Rolling Stones’ performance at the O2 Arena.

This time she was dressed as a gorilla as she danced with the drummers again to energise the crowd. Their five-minute routine continued as the legendry rock band appeared to perform Sympathy for the Devil.

“We learnt the routine on the day and I had never heard that piece of music before,” said Georgia. “It was a surreal moment and I might never experience something like that again.”

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