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.
The Commonwealth Resounds would like to congratulate our Patron Kuljit Bhamra MBE on a well deserved Olivier Award Nomination for the Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. Having worked on the score of the blockbuster film Kuljit co-orchestrated Bend it Like Beckham, the musical with Howard Goodall and it played in London’s west end for almost a year and is now set to tour around the country. Critics gave the show glowing reviews including a 5* Daily Telegraph review who declared it a “bold, beautifully British triumph” and the Evening Standard called it a “joyous hymn to girl power”. The independent called Kuljit a Bhangra maestro and described his work as “Exquisite”.
Alison Cox OBE, Founder and Co-Director of The Commonwealth Resounds said:
I am delighted that the Olivier Awards chose to nominate Kuljit after he has spent so many years supporting the Asian music scene around the world at the highest levels. We are so grateful to have Kuljit’s support as patron of The Commonwealth Resounds and look forward to our continued partnership in the future.
Bend it Like Beckham has already won several major awards including ‘Best Musical’ at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards.
The Commonwealth Resounds is delighted to be organising a unique study tour for 7 aspiring young Nigerian musicians who are developing their orchestral skills to help them lead and run ensembles in their own country. This project will be run in partnership with MUSON, one of Nigeria’s most enterprising music conservatoires.
The Nigerian musicians will be taken to hear some of the UK’s top professional orchestras in rehearsal, and will meet professional musicians who will give them support and guidance. They will also have a chance to play side-by-side in some regional orchestras in Croydon, Hertfordshire and Manchester. They will visit the Purcell School and Chethams School of Music. They will be taken to Norfolk to collaborate closely with members on IMPULSE, the Purcell School’s pupil-led outreach team, where the Nigerians will stay at the Yorke Trust, participate in a masterclass, perform in two community concerts and help inspire children in a special-needs school near Norwich.
Everyone is looking forward to meeting the Nigerian musicians, and would like to give special thanks to our wonderful Patron Tunde Jegede, Artistic Director of Muson who is carefully preparing the musicians for this tour.
More details will appear in the study tour section of our website, just click here to find out more!
The Commonwealth Resounds ran a highly successful trip to Malta as part of CHOGM 2015, including more than 80 instrumentalists, singers and composers, the Commonwealth Festival Choir and Orchestra, musicians from the Caribbean and Nigeria, young musicians from the UK’s specialist music schools and a very large number of Maltese participants. They ran outreach projects in Maltese schools, gala concerts in some of Malta’s finest venues and performed 52 pieces from all over the Commonwealth in their unique, pan-Commonwealth project PANORPHEUS.
We shall soon be able to reveal our exciting plans for 2016, including a study tour for 7 musicians from Nigeria, new projects and partnerships and some additional touring programmes to visit our longstanding Commonwealth musical partners.
More information soon!