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BBC to kick off search for anthem for 2012 Olympics

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MUMBAI: UK pubcaster the BBC has announced that its radio station BBC London's Anthem for 2012 Olympics competition launches next week inviting all Londoners to compose an anthem for the capital.

BBC London in conjunction with Sing London - a festival to take place this summer to is looking for the song which will become synonymous with London.

Each year from now until 2012, a song will be chosen by BBC London viewers and listeners to compete to be BBC London's Anthem for 2012. This the BBC is hopinh will be the tune on everyone's lips when the Olympics take place.

This year's winner will be arranged and performed by professionals and will also get huge exposure this summer during the Sing London Festival. It will form part of the programme of singing events around the city in such prestigious venues as The Roundhouse and the South Bank.

It will also be sung in schools across London as we move towards the Olympics and will be available for download at bbc.co.uk/london and singlondon.org.

The closing date for entries for this year's competition is 5 April 2007. bbc.co.uk/london for all entry details. The song should be no longer than three minutes.

A panel of experts, including BBC London 94.9's Robert Elms, will select a shortlist of five songs.

In early May the BBC London audience will hear all five shortlisted songs, arranged and performed by professionals. BBC London listeners and viewers will vote for the winner.

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