Travelling down under
Gold Coast to be exact
April 4th to the 15th
11 days of world-class sports
With 6,600 athletes and team officials
Are you ready for the Commonwealth Games?
Team England gold is what we seek
Remember Glasgow 2014
The power of support required once again
Over 400 athletes representing a nation
The country’s largest team heading overseas
As they leave our shores
Excitement builds around the event
With every win
We hold our head up high
And sing the Commonwealth Games Anthem
But what was it called?
Despite winning the vote to become the official Team England anthem at the Commonwealth Games, when surveyed in a recent poll, over 80% of fans were unaware that Jerusalem is played when Team England win gold at the Commonwealth Games.
Originally a poem created by William Blake in 1804, Jerusalem became most known as a hymn in 1916 when Sir Hubert Harry added music to the lyrics. Although steeped in a rich British history, the song it seems, no longer resonates with English audiences today. So ahead of 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, npower – one of Britain’s leading energy companies and proud sponsors of Team England – tasked themselves with re-recording the official Team England anthem Jerusalem. Teaming up with Tokio Myers (current Britain’s Got Talent winner) and Jazmin Sawyers (Commonwealth Athlete and star of The Voice), npower hopes the single will increase the power of support and awareness for England’s largest group of athletes heading overseas.
npower invited me to head down to the famous Abbey Road Studios to get a first-hand look at how the track was made. Whilst there, I got the chance to speak to a few Commonwealth athletes – Max Whitlock (Artistic Gymnastics), Jack Laugher (Diving), Lois Toulson (Diving) and Ellie Robinson (para-swimming) – about the power of support. It was beautiful to witness athletes sharing precious memories with their families, their ultimate support network throughout the Games. During a quick interview, they mentioned that competing in the games with the support of a nation boosted their confidence, motivated them to excel further than before and most importantly enjoy the entire experience. When questioned about the anthem, they admitted like many not knowing the words entirely, but since getting involved with the campaign, they have definitely become more aware of the song and now know the lyrics!
Backed by a 54-piece orchestra and a 10-person choir Tokio Myers and Jazmin Sawyers managed to create a song that is uplifting and powerful, precisely what was needed to resonate with a larger demographic. Not only is Sawyers supporting her fellow athletes through a powerful performance of the anthem, but she will also be heading to Gold Coast with the rest of Team England. She’ll be competing in the long jump on April 11th and hopes to make it the finals on April 12th. Fingers crossed she repeats her former success!
Until next time, stay blessed and classy,