Ballare: To Dance was commissioned for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the East Midlands, celebrating internationalism and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for which Pawlet Brookes; Artistic Director of Serendipity was the Creative Producer. It takes audiences on a musical journey around the world, crossing the African Diaspora, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, India and Spain with a colourful soundscape of classical music scores, seasoned with strong world music flavours. In this programme two new works were featured, including a Suite for Solo Steel Pan and Strings which was modelled on the Baroque dance suite, but reinvented to include contemporary dances from the Caribbean and further afield within the African Diaspora. The other new work was entitled, Mantra for an Athlete, which connects with the sound world of India, fused with strains of music from the Western world and was inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Timescale Ensemble, formed of leaders and section principals from the major orchestras such as the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Berlin Staadkapell Opera Orchestra, as well as established soloists, performed in this project. Lee Payne (of Sky TV’s Got to Dance) added his nimble footwork to the score, as another layer of percussion to the performance.