The organisers of the 2012 Olympics in London are looking for an orchestra to record 209 national anthems for the event. The anthems will be used at the Olympic medal ceremonies and also to welcome the teams to the Olympic village.

The organising committee said that it wants 'an internationally renowned UK-based orchestra with proven and demonstrable experience of working on either large-scale film or television productions, and with a minimum of 30 professionally qualified and experienced musicians'.

The closing date for orchestras to register their interest is 23 November. The ensemble that is eventually selected will record the anthems in May 2011, with final sessions in September 2011.