Festival-goers turn performers as Gareth Malone’s choir comes to Latitude

Gareth Malone & the Latitude Orchestra opened up the main stage on a beautiful Sunday morning at Lat

Gareth Malone & the Latitude Orchestra opened up the main stage on a beautiful Sunday morning at Latitude 2015 - Paul Bayfield

Some of the biggest names in music have played the Obelisk Arena, but on Sunday morning it was handed over to some specially-chosen festival goers.

Gareth Malone brought his Latitude choir to the festival, and held auditions to find members of the public to join them.

They then rehearsed over the weekend to put together a show to open the final day of the festival.

The choirmaster, who was making his first trip to the festival, said: 'It's a very special thing, the audience are taking over the stage!'

The professionals performed songs including You've Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story, I See Fire by Ed Sheeran and James Blake's Retrograde.

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But it was the audience choir who really stole the show.

They accompanied the professional choir for most of the songs, but also performed some solo numbers.

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And the 15-year-old girl chosen to sing Gareth Malone's All Star Choir's version of Wake Me Up was more than up to the job and performed beautifully.

It was impossible to witness the choir's enthusiasm and obvious delight at being on the stage without feeling emotional, particularly as they reacted to seeing friends and family in the audience.

The singing and the music were beautiful, but the sheer emotion present on the stage was what made it a really special performance.

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