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.
On Saturday 21 October, an enterprising group of talented young musicians and staff from
The Commonwealth Resounds (TCR) will travel to Uganda to work in schools and orphanages
and collaborating in fundraising concerts with our Ugandan musical partners and friends.
This exciting international project has been organised by TCR Trustees Sarah and Nick Oliver
from Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
The Kampala Music School says
“At the Kampala Music School, we aim not to turn away talented, would-be composers and
players despite their financial state. With this in mind, the school needs bursary options to
sustain its program. The forthcoming Commonwealth Resounds Gala Concert on October 29th
aims to raise funds for the music programmes at KMS, including the bursary program”.