The school choir from Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Manchester were invited to perform at the opening ceremony of Cheetham Hill Cultural Festival.

The devoted pupils dedicated their breaks and lunchtimes to rehearsals, as well as hours of practice after school.

Their commitment was rewarded with a stunning medley performed in front of guest of honour Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

The annual cultural festival celebrates one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse areas of the UK. During the four-day event, people from across Manchester represented their culture and ethnicity through music, art and dance.

Year 8 pupil Maurice Martin commented:

“When it was our turn to go on stage, I went up to introduce the school and gave a short speech about our imminent performance.

Our hardworking performers then took to the stage. We had painstakingly perfected a lovely nasheed medley and the quality really showed during the performance – it was stunning! I absolutely loved the festival and can’t wait for next year’s show. It was incredible way for everyone to meet up after a difficult year.”