A Song for the Commonwealth
A song for the Commonwealth
Music by: Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu
Lyrics by: Lucy Kiely
Performed by: Sacha Dow (treble), Charlotte Potter (Soprano), Elisha Jade (Soprano), Leyla Ruby (Soprano), Clare Sutherland (Alto), Stephen Mike Chidi (Tenor), Toby Hession (Bass), Patrick Owston (Bass), Joaquim Badia (Backing track)
Produced by: Tom Bell
Stephen Mike Chidi Nwosu (Tenor)
My name is Stephen Nwosu, born in Lagos, Nigeria into a family of 4 boys. My journey through music started when I was 15 years old, when I sang as tenor with my church choir. I studied Estate Management at Yaba college of Technology, Lagos, and also hold a Diploma in Music from Muson School of Music, as well as graded music certificates including ABRSM Grade 8 in Voice (Distinction) and Grade 7 Music Theory.
Charlotte Potter (Soprano)
North Yorkshire-born Charlotte Potter (21) is currently studying Classical Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, having previously attended the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. Charlotte has performed solos around the UK including Westminster’s Central Hall, London, the Proms in the Priory, North Yorkshire, with the London Gala Orchestra, a Last Night of the Proms with Brass Band, West Yorkshire and in Manchester’s Stoller Hall. In 2019, Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir invited Charlotte to sing duets with Lesley Garrett. For the past three summers Charlotte has performed recitals in Tuscany, Italy. Charlotte also appeared/sang in Season 7, Episode 3 of ITV’s Endeavour, playing an Oxford undergraduate.
Elisha Jade (Soprano)
Elisha Jade, 21, is a musical theatre degree student currently in her third year at Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford. Elisha has been performing since the age of two! Her most recent credits include playing the lead role of Joyce Chilvers in the production of Betty Blue Eyes at the Eve Lyons Theatre. She is extremely excited to start rehearsals for her third year productions of Sister Act and Sweeney Todd in 2022. Elisha feels honoured and privileged to be part of such a prestigious project and has thoroughly enjoyed performing such a beautiful and meaningful song.
Leyla Ruby (Soprano)
I have been singing since the age of 6 and became a chorister at Exeter Cathedral School at the age of 7 where I remained until I was 13 and became Lead Chorister. I have made various recordings with the Cathedral choir and also provided backing for the US artist P.P. Arnold. Since then I gained a specialist scholarship to study classical singing at Wells Cathedral School. Currently I am studying musical theatre at The Big Act in Bristol. I value the time I spent at those institutions greatly as it has shaped me into the singer I am today.
Clare Sutherland (Mezzo-Soprano)
Clare Sutherland is a freelance mezzo-soprano based in London. After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London with a First Class Honours degree in Music, she held the Alto Choral Scholarship at Gloucester Cathedral. Clare has been a member of the National Youth Choir Fellowship programme, the Voces8 Scholars and Genesis Sixteen. She sings regularly with St Martin’s Voices, and has performed with a number of London based professional chamber choirs. She also works for the charity Attitude is Everything, which supports the music and live events industries in becoming more accessible for deaf and disabled people.
Patrick Owston (Bass)
Patrick Owston (baritone) is a Masters student at the Royal College of Music, studying with Russell Smythe. His studies at the RCM are supported by an RCM Vivian Prins Award and in 2020/2021, Patrick was fortunate to be awarded one of the Countess of Munster Derek Butler awards. Before coming to the RCM, Patrick studied music at Newcastle University, graduating with first-class honours, and sang as a Bass Lay Clerk at Newcastle Cathedral from 2015-2019. Recent engagements include the roles of Le Baron de Pictordu (Pauline Viardot, Cendrillon) and Strephon (Gilbert & Sullivan, Iolanthe) for RCM opera scenes.