Hurricane Support Concert, Cambridge

Hurricane Support Concert, Cambridge

Images and names of pupils supplied by parents with their full permission.

Lily, Magdalene and Butterfly are three outstanding young musicians studying for their Gold Arts Award at The Purcell School.

As part of this, they were very keen to organise their own concert, and have decided to donate the proceeds to TCR’s Commonwealth Hurricane Appeal. The poster was also designed by the pupils, and they are doing all their own marketing, promotion and fundraising.

Their special concert will take place on Saturday 22nd September 2018 at Little St Mary’s Church, Cambridge, beginning at 7.30 p.m. These young people are absolutely astonishing players for their age, and are well worth hearing. Please come and support them if you can.

National youth choir of Antigua and Barbuda in the UK!

National youth choir of Antigua and Barbuda in the UK!

On Thursday June 28th, The Commonwealth Resounds (TCR) was delighted to welcome the National Youth Choir of Antigua and Barbuda to Hertfordshire. Alison Cox, TCR’s Founder and Chair of Trustees worked closely with Karen-Mae Hill, The High Commissioner of Antigua and Barbuda whose amazing fundraising efforts enabled the choir to visit the UK in 2018.

As part of their programme, the National Youth Choir visited primary and secondary schools in Hertfordshire who had raised funds for Antigua and Barbuda as part of TCR’s Commonwealth Hurricane Support Concert Programme.

Firstly, they visited the Bushey Academy, who are donating the proceeds of their annual House Music Festival to Antigua and Barbuda. The young people at Bushey greatly enjoyed the choir’s performance!

The second concert took place at the Purcell School, who performed as part of CHOGM 2018 and raised funds for the Hurricane Appeal from two spectacular Commonwealth concerts in St James’s Church, Piccadilly and St George’s, Hanover Square. The choir gave a brilliant lunchtime concert, and then met young people from the Purcell School who will be coming to help with musical projects in Antigua and Barbuda in February 2019. Lots of new friendships were formed over lunch!

The final concert was at Bowmansgreen Primary School whose magnificent fundraising efforts were greatly appreciated by the High Commissioner and the choir members. The children sang a special song written by a 16-year-old composer called Elissa Street about Hurricane Irma. Everyone loved the song.

At the end of each concert, the High Commissioner thanked everyone warmly and invited us all to come and visit Antigua and Barbuda!

Concerts to support hurricane victims

Concerts to support hurricane victims

In 2017, Hurricane Irma created great devastation, especially in the Commonwealth countries of Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica.

Before CHOGM 2018, The Commonwealth’s Secretary-General appealed to all Commonwealth Accredited Organisations, asking them for some help and support. The Commonwealth Resounds, as a musical organisation wondered at first how we could possibly do anything to help. Then we had an idea!

We contacted many of our musical outreach partners in the UK – primary and secondary schools, individuals, music hubs and others – and asked them to consider running their own Hurricane Support Concerts, educating children and audiences about the Commonwealth, the Caribbean and hurricanes, and raising funds to rebuild cultural programmes in affected countries. There was a very positive response to this appeal! Schools in London, Hertfordshire, Manchester and Norfolk responded and created excellent concerts, raising funds for the hurricane victims.

The Commonwealth Hurricane Support Concerts programme is making excellent progress, and more concerts will be taking place in schools  throughout 2018 and 2019.

To offer a concert, find out more or to support for the programme in other ways please email Alison Cox OBE, Founder and Chair of Trustees, The Commonwealth Resounds at Alison will be delighted to hear from you, and will be able to answer all your questions.

New ensemble in residence

New ensemble in residence

The Commonwealth Resounds is delighted to be able to welcome the brilliant Dionysus Ensemble, our first-ever Commonwealth Ensemble-In-Residence. We look forward to a highly productive partnership with them, and are delighted by their strong commitment to cross-cultural musical partnerships, performances and outreach work.

A Royal Performance

On Thursday 5th June a group of singers and dancers from The Commonwealth Resounds made their way to Marlborough House for a very special occasion! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were visiting the Commonwealth Youth Leaders, and TCR was invited to compose a special piece in honour of their visit. Juan Pablo Barrios, a brilliant young composer with strong Caribbean family connections was invited by Alison Cox to compose the piece. This was performed by six musicians and three dancers, representing the different regions of the Commonwealth.

Performers – Gemma Riley (trombone) Samuel Mallia (saxophone) Pablo Barrios (steelpan), Abass Dodoo (djembe) Niki Moosavi (cello) and Lorraine Lionheart (singer) Dancers were Hannah Crown, Abbeyrame Sriharam and Shyam Dattani

The performers were applauded and congratulated by the Duke and Duchess and also by Baroness Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary-General. Pablo presented them with a signed copy of his musical score.