Shropshire composer one of 12 shortlisted for the Queen’s Jubilee song

Stella Fullard, from Market Drayton, with her certificate

Stella Fullard, of Market Drayton, was one of 12 shortlisted composers from the 54 Commonwealth countries who participated.

Stella, who sings and composes as a hobby, said: “I woke up and saw the email and was really shocked. I was really scared, but it was exciting. “

As a member of the International Songwriters Guild, Stella received a newsletter about the competition organized by The Commonwealth Resounds.

The judges had already decided on the lyrics for the Commonwealth song, so Stella decided to apply for the second stage of the competition – which ran from September 2 to November 2 – to compose the piece.

She received a Certificate of Recognition for being shortlisted and her name will be mentioned in the January edition of the Official Guide to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons.

Stephen Joseph from UK and Stephen Olusoji from Nigeria were two of three finalists for Commonwealth Composers and the winning song was composed by Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu from Nigeria.

On June 2 of this year, to celebrate HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th reign, headlights will be lit across the Commonwealth and the winning song will be played by thousands of choirs.

Choirs from Shropshire and UK can participate in the performance of the short story ‘A Song for the Commonwealth’, available online at

The scores, lyrics and a registration form are accessible via the website.

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