The Commonwealth Resounds! Connecting musical cultures since 2005

We promote music and musicians across the Commonwealth through collaborative events worldwide with a particular focus on young people and the developing world. Thousands of our musicians have been involved in our life-changing projects and gala performances including the opening of the Royal Commonwealth Society’s brand-new auditorium in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, as part of Prince Charles's Official Dinner for the 53 Heads of Government in Sri Lanka and at the Official Launch of the Prince's Trust in Malta. Our musicians have also given regular appearances at the Commonwealth Observance Day services at Westminster Abbey and at Commonwealth Forums Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Uganda, Perth and Sri Lanka. In 2015 our Commonwealth Festival Choir and Orchestra gave a Concert for the President of Malta at Verdala Palace in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. We have been proudly supported by the Royal Over Seas League, the International Federation of Musicians, the Musicians’ Union Phonographic Performance Ltd, The Royal Society of St George and numerous Rotary Clubs throughout the UK and overseas.

Latest News

The Commonwealth International Composition Award – Official Launch

We are delighted to announce the official launch of The Commonwealth International Composition Award will take place on 30th April 2019, in Marlborough House.

The evening will be presented by BBC Radio 4 presenter and newsreader, Zeb Soanes.

Please contact Sam Buttler by emailing: to reserve your place. The presentation will be followed by drinks and canapes.

Around the world, very few young people are learning how to to compose music This is why the Commonwealth International Composition Award has been created. It will be run and managed by The Commonwealth Resounds, an officially accredited Commonwealth musical organisation, supported by the ABRSM and have its administrative base at The Purcell School for Young Musicians.



The Commonwealth Resounds shortlisted for The 2019 Charity Governance Awards

The Commonwealth Resounds is delighted to be be shortlisted for the Charity Governance Awards 2019. Organised by the Clothworkers Company, the Charity Governance Awards have been presented regularly since 2016 and have helped celebrate and support the great work of many charities since then.

The Commonwealth Resounds has been shortlisted following a fantastic year of events and projects, including performing for the Royal Family and the creation of a brand new, unique, International Composition Award.

The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance in charities both small and large. There are seven categories covering every kind of charitable organisation. Entries are accepted between October and January each year. The Shortlist is announced at the beginning of April, and shortlisted charities are invited to an exclusive Awards Ceremony and Reception in May where the winners will be announced. The winning charity in each category will receive £5,000.

We would like to wish all the charities shortlisted for this award the very best of luck and will keep you updated here!

The Commonwealth International Composers’ Award

The Commonwealth International Composers’ Award

The Commonwealth International Composition Award is open to young composers all over the world. We are offering exceptional levels of online training and support to all those who wish to take part.

Four Commonwealth countries which have been chosen to run our training programme are Antigua and Barbuda, New Zealand, Rwanda and India

The administrative base for this exciting new award is at the Purcell School for Young Musicians, which is the Commonwealth’s oldest specialist music school.

Please contact Sam Buttler, Competition Manager for further information.