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Final hours of London 2012 ahead of closing ceremony

The Olympics closing ceremony takes place on Sunday. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe has said tonight's Olympic closing ceremony will be a fun tribute to British music.

Describing it as an "after show party" with lots of headline talent, Lord Coe said: "It's not anything desperately profound. It's not the opening ceremony but I think it will be great. It's basically a tribute to British music over the last few decades. It's fun."

Artistic director Kim Gavin has already said it will be "an elegant mash-up of British music" including anything from Adele and Elgar.

The Sunday night show at the Olympic Stadium is set to be more relaxed than the Danny Boyle-masterminded opening which was packed with references to British history and culture.

LOCOG Chairman Lord Coe Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The public's appetite for the big event may have been whetted by pop stars such as George Michael, the Pet Shop Boys, Jessie J and Tinie Tempah, who have been photographed at rehearsals.

Brazilian supermodel Alessandro Ambrosio said she has been rehearsing for Rio 2016's segment during the ceremony alongside the Spice Girls.

Organisers from the Rio 2016 Games, the next Olympic host city, have an eight-minute slot in the London 2012 closing ceremony which acts as a taster of things to come.

A lively mix of music, dance and culture has been offered, including big name stars and characters from Brazil.

Supermodel Alessandro Ambrosio will take part in Rio's segment of the Olympic closing ceremony. Credit: Tony Di Maio/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ambrosio said: "I have been doing a lot of rehearsal so my highlight has been to mix with everybody.

"There are about 300 people from Brazil plus all the people who are participating in the closing ceremony. We were doing the show with the Spice Girls and everybody. I saw them there."

Of the possibility of an appearance by the Spice Girls, a London 2012 spokesman: "We would like to save the surprise. There is not long to wait."

The main themes of the Rio 2016 performance is based around entertainment, cultural diversity, the contagious energy of the Brazilian people and an invitation to Rio.

A range of different dances, bands of drummers and colourful costumes and 225 volunteer dancers who are based in Europe are part of this segment.

There are some formal acts which have to be included in an Olympic closing ceremony.

The handover from London 2012 to the Rio 2016 takes place along with the extinguishing of the Olympic Flame, which has stayed alight throughout the competition. This signals the end of the Games.Traditionally, it is a chance to celebrate what the athletes have achieved and also for a massive party.The 2012 closing ceremony - called A Symphony of British Music - will celebrate music as one of Britain's strongest cultural exports over the last 50 years.

The Spice Girls will re-unite during the closing ceremony. Credit: Press Association

More than 4,100 performers, including 3,500 adult volunteers and 380 schoolchildren from the six east London host boroughs are involved. It airs at 9pm.

David Arnold, the closing ceremony's musical director, has said it will reflect the nation as a whole.The composer, who has written music for Bond films, added that it would be based around 30 classic pieces of British music.

Arnold said: "We're trying to have moments where someone from the Cotswolds watching it on TV and someone from a tower block overlooking it in the East End will be able to find something in it of which they can say, 'That's us, really that's Britain'."

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