The Commonwealth International Composition Award – Official Launch

We are delighted to announce the official launch of The Commonwealth International Composition Award will take place on 30th April 2019, in Marlborough House.

The evening will be presented by BBC Radio 4 presenter and newsreader, Zeb Soanes.

Please contact Sam Buttler by emailing: to reserve your place. The presentation will be followed by drinks and canapes.

Around the world, very few young people are learning how to to compose music This is why the Commonwealth International Composition Award has been created. It will be run and managed by The Commonwealth Resounds, an officially accredited Commonwealth musical organisation, supported by the ABRSM and have its administrative base at The Purcell School for Young Musicians.



The Commonwealth Resounds shortlisted for The 2019 Charity Governance Awards

The Commonwealth Resounds is delighted to be be shortlisted for the Charity Governance Awards 2019. Organised by the Clothworkers Company, the Charity Governance Awards have been presented regularly since 2016 and have helped celebrate and support the great work of many charities since then.

The Commonwealth Resounds has been shortlisted following a fantastic year of events and projects, including performing for the Royal Family and the creation of a brand new, unique, International Composition Award.

The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance in charities both small and large. There are seven categories covering every kind of charitable organisation. Entries are accepted between October and January each year. The Shortlist is announced at the beginning of April, and shortlisted charities are invited to an exclusive Awards Ceremony and Reception in May where the winners will be announced. The winning charity in each category will receive £5,000.

We would like to wish all the charities shortlisted for this award the very best of luck and will keep you updated here!

The Commonwealth International Composers’ Award

The Commonwealth International Composers’ Award

The Commonwealth International Composition Award is open to young composers all over the world. We are offering exceptional levels of online training and support to all those who wish to take part.

Four Commonwealth countries which have been chosen to run our training programme are Antigua and Barbuda, New Zealand, Rwanda and India

The administrative base for this exciting new award is at the Purcell School for Young Musicians, which is the Commonwealth’s oldest specialist music school.

Please contact Sam Buttler, Competition Manager for further information.

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.