My London 2012 Closing Ceremony – what the celebrities want on the Olympics playlist

We asked for musical nominations from Sir Tim Rice, Nick Hewer, John Sergeant, Michael Parkinson and many more...


SIR TIM RICE, lyricist: “I’d like to see Vera Lynn sing We’ll Meet Again. She is a great lady. The young Turks who arrange these things seem to forget anyone above about 30.” 


TREVOR NELSON, radio DJ: “This may surprise you, but I’d most like to see Led Zeppelin. I heard them rehearsing for their comeback gig a few years ago and they were amazing.” 

MARY BEARD, historian: “It would have to be Pulp and Common People. Snobbery, class division, it’s all in there – a perfect song to mirror life in Britain over the past 50 years.” 

KATIE DERHAM, presenter: “Flying the flag for Britain’s classical musicians, I’d like to see violinist Nicola Benedetti, bass baritone Bryn Terfel and the English National Opera!” 

ANNEKA RICE, presenter: “The Monty Python team with Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, because we do. We’re all in the creative, eccentric, heroic team that is Great Britain.” 

AMANDA REDMAN, actress: “I think a duet of Changes between David Bowie and Adele would be great. He is iconic and I have a strong feeling Adele will be. And it marries the eras.” 

SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON, interviewer: “Bryn Terfel, a glorious voice, seems to me to be a fitting finale, with some of our great instrumentalists. Why do we always celebrate pop?” 

JOHN SERGEANT, broadcaster: “I’d like to nominate an eccentric with a goatee beard and bowler hat who became an international star with Stranger on the Shore: Acker Bilk.” 

ROLF HARRIS, musician/artist: “I’d love to sing the words of Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport to the tune of Land of Hope and Glory! I’ve got the music arranged for an orchestra if I get the call.” 

JAKE HUMPHREY, presenter: “If I could see anyone perform at the Closing Ceremony, it would be Queen. I saw them in Kiev during Euro 2012: iconic tunes for this iconic event.” 

NICK HEWER, presenter: “For God’s sake not Paul McCartney again. Somebody young. Joss Stone is my choice.” 


HUEY MORGAN, Radio 2 DJ: “My line-up: the Rolling Stones, Adele, Plan B, the Milk and Neil Cowley Trio. What they all have in common is that they are unique and inventive.