Singer Emeli Sande, who performed at the Olympics opening ceremony, has revealed her father inspired her to pursue a career in music.

The 25-year-old, who gave up a career as a doctor in favour of a record deal, said her dad Joel, 50, who ran the school choir, sparked her passion for singing.

The musician told the Sunday Times Magazine her father was "naturally musical" and "the sort of person that could pick up an instrument and play it".

But he also taught her that "knowledge was power" and encouraged her to value education. Sande dropped out of university four years into a five-year degree in medicine to pursue music.

She said: "Music is the main connection I have with my dad ... knowing he was behind me was really important to me. I hope I never let him down."