Thousands of schoolchildren from across the West Midlands were in fine voice as they took part in the first of the annual Young Voices concerts at the LG Arena.
Led by X Factor starlet Stacey Solomon, pupils from Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and Staffordshire performed as part of the one of the largest children’s choirs in the world.
Songs included a pop medley featuring hits from bands such as One Direction, as well as more classical pieces such as Hallelujah and The Lord’s Prayer.
Many of the schools who performed had been preparing for the event since September and displayed banners to show where they were from.
Among those taking part at the venue in Birmingham were pupils from Brewood Middle School, with 26 singers from the school near Wolverhampton joining in.
Music teacher, Charlotte Sargent was leading her choir of children aged nine to 13. She said: “It’s a fantastic event. The atmosphere has been incredible, the children are all so excited to perform.
“We’ve been rehearsing every Tuesday for the last six months for today and we have been really looking forward to it.”
Last night’s show, which was held in front of friends and family of the pupils, was the first of a 14-night tour of the UK which will see a total of 2,500 schools take part and more than 110,000 children perform in the Young Voices choir.
From Castlefort Primary School in Walsall Wood, 40 pupils aged between seven and 11 were taking part in the concert. Gillian Locke, deputy headteacher, said: “The children have really enjoyed themselves and worked really hard to learn the songs.
“This is a brilliant reward for them.”
Youngsters from All Saints C of E Primary School in West Bromwich were also in attendance for their third year in a row and saw 28 children aged between nine and 11 performing.
Teacher Leanne Allden, said: “We have had an awesome day. This is our third time here and some of the children are wearing T-shirts from previous events .”
In the concerts Stacey Solomon will be singing with an average of around 7,000 children every night.