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.
We invite you to join us on Tuesday 17th April for an afternoon of musical lectures, presentations and discussion groups, interspersed with short performances by an outstanding cross-cultural recorder group Parandrus and other Commonwealth musicians at the Princess Alexandra Hall at Over-Seas House in St James’ in Central London.
Events continue until the evening, culminating in a spectacular performance by ROSL’s prizewinning ensemble KABANTU. Refreshments and drinks will be provided throughout the afternoon.
The Forum it will be a fantastic opportunity to share ideas about how The Commonwealth can be engaged better to support music, and to make connections with other international musicians and Commonwealth guests.
Thursday 19th April 2018, 7:30pm St George’s, Hanover Square
A dazzling concert featuring the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra and Choir, The Purcell School’s pupil-led ensemble ‘Philomel’ and musicians from the Divine Symphony Orchestra, Nigeria. Supporting victims of Hurricane Irma in Antigua, Barbuda and Dominica
The concert will feature World Premiers from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s Principal Composer, Josh Mock; 2018 winner of the Royal Opera House Fanfare Competition, Manish Sanga and Musician in Residence at the world renowned Purcell School of Music, Carol Jones.
7:30pm, Friday 20th April 2018, 7pm
St James’ Church Piccadilly,
The Purcell School for young musicians flagship music tech show is being taken on the road for the first time. The concert will feature spectacularly talented young Commonwealth musicians and composers from the Purcell School, string players from Muson in Nigeria, Lorraine Lionheart & her ensemble from Botswana, the Anglo-Indian singer Gayatri Nair (as featured in The Voice on ITV), celebrated young guitarist Billy Watmon and ‘Drumming for Peace’ including more than 50 drummers from all over the Commonwealth! Absolutely not to be missed.