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Your 2012 Olympics theme tune

London's Olympic organisers should use a classical music anthem to stir up support for the 2012 Games, according to a survey.

The poll by the Association of British Orchestras found 69% of people wanted a piece of classical music or music combining classical and another style. Of the 2,057 adults questioned, only 14% said they favoured a pop song.

London 2012 said it was looking to cater for all tastes in its music programmes and ceremonies.

Here are some of the suggestions we have been getting for a theme song for the London Olympics:

Stu Kennedy, a composer for film and television in Glasgow, sent us his own composition for the London 2012 Olympics. The name of the piece is Hallelujah and he says it is a rough demo at the moment.

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Sofie in Glasgow loves Stu Kennedy's theme tune and suggests we make it official.

J Wilson in Glasgow suggest to play with the number 2012: "either 20 notes then 12 or 20 bars then 12 or both."

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Barry Taylor in Huddersfield thinks Land of Hope and Glory or Jerusalem should do fine to get the fires of passion burning.

Meanwhile, Chappers67 tweets: It's going to be Take That - Greatest Day, regardless of what anyone else votes for, and GraemeLfx thinks it should be The Clash with London Calling.

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AC from Plymouth agrees with Chappers67 : "The Greatest Day by Take That 'will' make an astonishing theme, and I hope in a few years you will be tweeting 'I told you so'."

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Susan Lange in Lichfield also goes for Land of Hope and Glory. "I love that anthem, it makes me feel so patriotic", she says.

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Clive Sheeter in Harrow-On-The-Hill, Middlesex, prefers the Fanfare for the Common Man, the Emerson, Lake and Palmer version.

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Johnny in the UK has an innovative suggestion: We should prepare an apologetic voice to broadcast sounds: The South West Trains announcer would fit the bill nicely. 'We apologise for the delay to the men's 100m finals. This was due to the contestants being stuck on the Jubilee line.' 'We apologise for the re-running of the men's 100m finals. This was due to a clock failure.' 'We apologise for the uncertainly over the men's 100m finals winner. The photographer was arrested under the prevention of terrorism act and was unable to record the photo finish'."

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Should London have a classical or a pop Olympic theme tune? Readers are divided

Paul Wilson

who is originally from Northumberland but lives in New Jersey suggests a crossover of styles which showcases the best of British talent. He recorded his comment using social network platform Audioboo.

r4vi takes a completely different approach and suggests London should have "a minimalympics, no theme, no opening ceremony or closing ceremony".

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Levi in London suggests Elgar's Nimrod as the thinks it's majestic, powerful, the best bit of music ever composed by an Englishman. Malcolm Alun Williams suggests the War March Of The Priests by Felix Mendelssohn.

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JGK in Saskatoon, Canada, votes for I vow to Thee My Country, which was composed by Holst. "It's possibly the most stirring piece of music I know and never fails to bring a lump to my throat when it's played".

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Mike in Rotherham is of a different opinion and says "I always fancied the music from Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve. Though it's not technically classical the music, minus the lyrics always made me feel proud to be British".

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Andrew D Smith in Epson says "Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud by Flanders and Swann tops my list. In anticipation of London's renowned summer weather."

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Megan in Cheshire thinks Vangelis' Five Rings from the soundtrack of the movie Chariots of Fire is a good choice as "it's a good, distinctive tune, it was written about the Olympic dream and, for the patriotic, the film was about a British success!"

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Catherine in Southampton nominates the Thunderbirds theme. "It is rousing and upbeat, and despite its obvious association with the TV series, I think it's an excellent tune."

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Susanne Logan in Manchester calls for the IOC/City of London to hold a competition for someone to write an original anthem specifically for London 2012. She thinks the prize could be a) the prestige of being the chosen entry, and b) VIP passes for the winner and their partner to the opening and closing ceremonies.

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And finally, Ron Matthews suggests Pop Goes the Weasel for the anthem.

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