Commonwealth / International Young Composers’ Award

Commonwealth / International Young Composers’ Award

We are launching a unique competition / training programme for young composers across the world, with a special focus upon the Commonwealth. The four countries who are the pilot partners for compositional training are Antigua and Barbuda, India, Rwanda and New Zealand.

Full details to be announced soon!

In association with the ABRSM

Solomon Islands Tour!

We are delighted that our Ensemble in Residence, the Dionysus Ensemble, is looking forward to a tour to the Solomon Islands. The group are looking forward to working with a number of organisations on the islands including the Piano Association of Solomon Islands (PASI) and several local teachers to share their international experience and provide world class performances.

The group have a number of ideas which they hope to bring to fruition. Including, the formation of a National Youth Orchestra, supporting teaching around the Islands, presenting their world class performances to the community and passing on the love and joy of music to the next generation!

The Islands are already preparing for their visit and newspapers have featured the group and some of their exciting plans. If you would like to support the Dionysus Ensemble’s tour to the Solomon Islands, click here.

Commonwealth Innovation Awards

On Wednesday 19th September, The Commonwealth Resounds (TCR) was delighted to help celebrate the launch of the Commonwealth Innovation Awards at Marlborough House

A brilliant young Commonwealth violinist called Litsa Tunnah performed two pieces with cultural connections to Sierra Leone, Africa and Australia. Litsa’s musicianship and skill was dazzling, and she received warm accolades from a number of the High Commissioners, Delegates and Commonwealth representatives present.

Baroness Scotland, The Commonwealth Secretary-General spoke glowingly about Litsa’s performance and TCR before she officially launched the Commonwealth Innovation Awards.

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 tcr2015@btinternet.com Alison will be delighted to hear from you, and will be able to answer all your questions.