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.
In October 2017 11 students from Chetham’s School of Music plus teachers and TCR co-Directors Nick and Sarah Oliver will be making a trip to Kampala. TCR last visited there in 2007, running an inspirational and creative programme at the time of the CHOGM and this visit will renew some contacts made then and build many new ones. We’re looking forward to collaborating with Kampala Music School, now a much expanded enterprise since our previous visit, and to outreach work with a range of schools, hospitals and other community and cultural organisations.
Our students, who include string, woodwind, brass and keyboard players as well as singers are all busy raising funds for the trip and we’ll keep updates coming as plans are finalised.
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. The highlight of their tour will be to participate in high-profile events linked to Commonwealth Week 2017.
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 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.