In February 2016, Stewart received a flyer advertising that ‘Gareth Malone, the choirmaster at the heart of award-winning, hit BBC series The Choir, is creating a choir of injured, wounded and sick members & veterans of the Armed Forces to perform at the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida in May 2016.’
Despite having no previous singing experience, but long having wanted to develop his vocal skills, Stewart submitted a video application. Following an interview with Gareth, during which Stewart ably demonstrated his lack of crooning skill, he was surprised and thrilled to be selected to join The Invictus Choir. Over the next five weeks, he and his eleven choirmates learnt basic singing skills and contributed to an original song, written and composed by Gareth, based on their collective experience of war and its aftermath. The project culminated in a live performance of ‘Flesh and Blood’ at the Invictus Games in front of 12,000 spectators, including US First Lady Michele Obama, Prince Harry, former US President George W Bush and the Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman.
The Choir has released ‘Flesh and Blood’ as a single through Decca records, with all profits going to the Invictus Foundation.