Game on! for MrCer­e­mony

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SANDY RASHTY

AN ES­TI­MATED 1.5 bil­lion peo­ple across the globe were es­ti­mated to have watched the open­ing Com­mon­wealth Games cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day evening.

And David Zolk­wer, the Jewish head of cer­e­monies, did not dis­ap­point with a show-stop­ping singing and danc­ing spec­ta­cle, the brain­child of Mr Zolk­wer, from Manch­ester.

Mr Zolk­wer, who grew up in an Ortho­dox fam­ily, was well qual­i­fied for the job. The 50-year-old, who stud­ied at the Guild­hall School of Mu­sic and Drama, has over­seen open­ing cer­e­monies for South Africa’s 2010 World Cup, the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, Bei­jing 2008 and the 2002 Com­mon­wealth Games in Manch­ester.

He was also artis­tic direc­tor of the Hong Kong han­dover and farewell cer­e­monies in 1997.

More than 4,500 peo­ple from 71 na­tions will com­pete at the ten day­long Com­mon­wealth Games event, manned by 3,000 vol­un­teers.

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Open­ing line: David

Zolk­wer and the show watched by mil­lions

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