Thousands of children from the Midlands sang their hearts out for a sell-out crowd in the first of the annual Young Voices concerts.
More than 6,200 children from schools around the region and beyond took part in last night’s show at Birmingham’s LG Arena.
Further performances will be held at the venue tonight and tomorrow and a total of 18,600 youngsters will sing over the three nights.
They were joined by schoolgirl Connie Talbot, 12, from Streetly, who made her name on ITV show Britain’s Got Talent at the age of six.
She sang her latest song called Building Bridges and joined the assembled youngsters in a performance of The Beatles’ Let it Be.
Also invited to sing at the event was the African Children’s Choir.
Members sang the charity single Sing which they performed as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Among the schools taking part in last night’s concert was St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School, in Codsall, Wolverhampton.
A total of 28 children took part in the event from the school, in Wolverhampton Road, and proudly waved their banner.
Headteacher Kath Brown said: “We have been rehearsing for the event since October and everyone has been so excited in the run up to the event.
“The atmosphere here at the arena has been absolutely wonderful and it is something the children will never forget.”
Nearly 50 youngsters from Brindley Heath Junior School, in Enville Road, Kinver, also sang.
Teacher Lisa Walker, who has been leading the rehearsals, said it was the third time the school had taken part in the event.
“We have been practising around two to three times a week and the children have really enjoyed all the preparations.”
Pupil Mia Thornley, aged eight, said her favourite performance had been the pop medley.
Youngsters from West Bromwich’s All Saints C of E Primary donned their Father Christmas hats and glow sticks for the performance.
Deputy headteacher at the Wilford Road school Sarah Cockshott said the children had started cheering as soon as the coach had pulled into the arena car park.
“The children were excited all morning asking when it would be time to leave the school and when they would be arriving at the arena,” she said.
“This is the second time the school has taken part in the show.
“They absolutely love singing the pop medley and also the Musical Memories song. We are just delighted to be a part of it. It is a wonderful experience for the children.”
Pupil Bethany Woodcock, aged eight, said her favourite was the pop medley.
Managing director of Young Voices Ben Lewis said: “All three nights here in Birmingham have sold out.
“This gives the children the chance to work with top musicians and sound technicians. The aim is to give them an experience they will never forget.”