Students from Queen Elizabeth’s Academy choir were delighted to perform for an audience of 10,000 at the weekend, as they supported Jake Bugg for his special hometown show at Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, celebrating 10 years of Jake’s No 1 debut album.

The amazing opportunity arose when Jake Bugg’s management approached Inspire Music to recommend a choir to perform with Jake at his hometown show. Queen Elizabeth’s Academy choir were suggested, leading to this incredible moment with the choir recording at the Old Library in Mansfield, and then performing at the concert.

Lu Blackband, projects administrator for Nottinghamshire Music Education Hub, said: “Nottinghamshire Music Hub and Inspire Youth Arts were delighted to be able to support the Queen Elizabeth Academy choir on their arena debut with Jake Bugg at the weekend. We love an opportunity to showcase Nottinghamshire talent so were thrilled the choir were chosen to participate in such a high-profile performance to an audience of 10,000. They did Jake, their families and their school community proud – huge congratulations to the choir on an outstanding performance!”

Queen Elizabeth’s Academy student, Danny Bird, who performed with the choir on Saturday, spoke excitedly of the event: “I was stood on stage trying to take it all in. People were holding their phones in the air, you could see them lit up as the crowd were singing along in the arena. It truly confirmed this is what I want to do with my future. It was a really good experience.”

Joe Williams, music subject lead at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, said: “The choir were fantastic. Everyone at the academy is so proud of them for all their hard work and dedication towards this amazing opportunity.”