Gallery: Black Country schools form Young Voices choir at Birmingham's Genting Arena

Thousands of school children joined forces and combined their singing voices to put on a huge concert for family and friends.

Pupils from schools across the Black Country formed part of a 6,000-strong choir, led by the internationally acclaimed conductor David Lawerence, as part of the 20th anniversary Young Voices tour.

School choirs had been practising selected songs ready to perform in front of an audience of more than 10,000 people at the NEC in Birmingham.

This year’s tour has seen 120,000 youngsters perform at venues up and down the country alongside star acts such as soprano Laura Wright, who performed at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup, Tom Billington, the singer-songwriter from Mohair, and the Beatbox Collective.

Claire Hudson, speaking on behalf of the Young Voices tour, said: “This is the 20th anniversary and we’ve set up 20 dates, which includes five in Birmingham.

“There will be 120,000 children involved in total, with 30,000 in Birmingham and about 6,000 performing each evening.

“The children will also be performing in front of about 10, 000 to 12,000 family and friends because each night will be a sell out.”

Children were greeted by an extra special guest during rehearsals yesterday when Barney Harwood from Blue Peter used the evening to practice conducting the choir.

He also promised to give every member of the choir a Blue Peter Badge for their troubles.

Young Voices can be found on Facebook here 

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