Coldplay‘s Chris Martin has written a song for the inaugural Invictus Games, which open in London tonight (September 10).
Martin’s piece is based on William Ernest Henley’s 19th century poem, Invictus, and will be sung for the first time at the games’ Opening Ceremony by three serving soldiers. It has been adapted for choir and orchestra by John Metcalfe. All proceeds from the sale of of the anthem will go to the Invictus Games.
‘Invictus’ will be released simultaneously on iTunes and all digital outlets in the UK immediately after the opening ceremony. The vocals were recorded in Air Studios, London, with both Prince Harry and Chris Martin present for the recording session.
The Invictus Games will bring together over 400 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women from 14 nations. Foo Fighters will perform at the closing ceremony of the games on Sunday (September 14).
The closing event will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will also feature performances from Kaiser Chiefs, Ryan Adams, Ellie Goulding, Rizzle Kicks,The Vamps, Diversity, James Blunt and the Military Wives Choir.