The Commonwealth Resounds! Connecting musical cultures since 2005We 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 is delighted to welcome Geoff Parkin, Director of Arts at the Royal Over-Seas League as our new Patron
Geoff Parkin is Director of Arts at the Royal Over-Seas League, holding responsibility for running their renowned Annual Music Competition, programming concerts, exhibitions and talks, as well as providing opportunities for young musicians, visual artists and writers from all corners of the Commonwealth. He previously ran the chamber music programme at the Royal College of Music and has also worked for Young Classical Artists Trust, Royal Academy of Music and Royal Northern College of Music.
Geoff studied at the Royal Northern College of Music graduating with both a PGDip and a Masters in clarinet performance. His took his undergraduate degree in music at the University of Birmingham. He has performed with orchestras including Orchestra of Opera North, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Northern Ballet Sinfonia and remains a keen performer of both orchestral and chamber music in his spare time.
We are delighted that Geoff has agreed to support the Commonwealth Resounds as our patron and look forward to continuing our close partnership and friendship with the Royal Over-Seas League.