Emeli Sande speaks out about 'incredible' Olympics experience

The Olympics opening ceremony on Friday night was a spectacular showcase of British culture and talent, filled with action packed and moving moments that captured the hearts of the global audience.

While highlights included the Queen being involved in a Bond sequence and Mr Bean joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the standout performances on the night came courtesy of Scottish singer Emeli Sande.

The Aberdonian star delivered a breathtakingly haunting rendition of hymn Abide With Me – a performance she has since been praised for.

Speaking after the show, the 25-year-old told the Daily Record: “I will never forget tonight. Thank you so much to Danny Boyle (artistic director of the ceremony) and all his team for this incredible experience.

“I am extremely proud and humbled to be part of the amazing ceremony which will allow the world to see some of the best up-and-coming and established talent the UK has produced.”

Just before Emeli sang, a sequence on a memorial wall showcased photographs of spectators’ friends and family who have sadly passed away.

Danny Boyle’s late father also featured in the dramatic montage.

While Emeli was dressed in a floor-length blue gown, 50 dancers, choreographed by Akram Khan performed, representing the struggle between life and death.

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