A former Farmor's School pupil will be performing at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Birmingham tonight.

Seth Bye is part of folk band The Destroyers, who are one of a long list of musical acts set to feature.

Originally from Ampney St Peter, he studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. As well as his work with The Destroyers, fiddler/accordionist Seth also tours with Giffords Circus and is part of the bands Gathering Tides and Filkin's Drift.

"It’s such an honour to be involved and representing Birmingham as part of this amazing event!" a post on The Destroyers Facebook page said.

The opening ceremony of the 22nd Commonwealth Games is taking place at Alexander Stadium. You can watch on BBC One from 7pm.

Diver Tom Daley is among the famous athletes carrying the Queen’s Baton.
The Olympic gold medallist, 28, will join gymnast Max Whitlock and boxer Galal Yafai as official Batonbearers during the opening ceremony.

British Paralympian and junior doctor Kim Daybell and retired hockey player Alex Danson-Bennett will also be carrying the baton during its final steps.

Each of the athletes is representing a cause, with Daley running in support of LGBT rights while Yafai, who is from the city, is supporting young people.

Daybell will run in the name of the NHS, supporting his colleagues who were on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

The baton, containing a message from the Queen to be read aloud by the Prince of Wales at the opening ceremony, has been carried for 294 days with trips to each of the 72 nations that make up the Commonwealth.

Among those who have organised the event is Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, while artistic director Iqbal Khan and music director Joshua ‘RTKal’ Holness have put together a range of musical acts. 

Samantha Oxborough will take the prestigious role of performing the National Anthem and a massed choir of over 700 voices, comprised of 15 choirs from across the West Midlands, will also perform.

Duran Duran are headlining the event.