CHoGM 2018 – Commonwealth Week

CHoGM 2018 – Commonwealth Week

Updates and News from the CHoGM 2018 UK project

Find the latest information from our activities around CHoGM here

National Youth Choir of Antigua and Barbuda in the UK!

On Thursday June 28th, The Commonwealth Resounds (TCR) was very proud 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...

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Sound, Image, Movement – The Commonwealth

TCR's Commonwealth celebrations for CHOGM 2018 came to a spectacular conclusion at St James's Church, Piccadilly on Friday 20th April, hosted by TCR itself in collaboration with the Purcell School and many musical partners from all over the Commonwealth! The young...

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Commonwealth Young Musicians’ Concert

On Thursday April 19th, The Commonwealth Resounds hosted a wonderful Commonwealth Young Musicians' Concert in partnership with the Royal Society of St George and London Rotary. This very special concert took place at St George's, Hanover Square in the presence of the...

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A New Award for Cultural Enterprise!

On Wednesday April 18th, The Commonwealth Resounds was delighted to be able to collaborate with Arif Zaman, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Businesswomen's Network, and create a new award for women in the arts called The Commonwealth Cultural Enterprise Award...

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The world’s first Commonwealth Music Forum

On Tuesday 17th April 2018 between 2 and 6 p.m., The Commonwealth Resounds, in association with the Royal Over-Seas League, ran what we understand to be the first-ever Commonwealth Music Forum at ROSL’s beautiful Princess Alexandra Hall. Distinguished speakers,...

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Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting – London 2018

The Commonwealth Resounds ran an ambitious, exciting programme of musical activities during CHOGM week (16 th - 20 th April 2018) and received many accolades from those who attended the performances and events. The Meeting of the CHOGM Forums – Tuesday 17th April The...

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Commonwealth Music Forum

We invite you to join us on Tuesday 17th April for an afternoon of musical lectures, presentations and discussion groups, interspersed with short performances by an outstanding cross-cultural recorder group Parandrus and other Commonwealth musicians at the Princess...

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Commonwealth Young Musicians’ Concert

Thursday 19th April 2018, 7:30pm St George's, Hanover Square A dazzling concert featuring the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra and Choir, The Purcell School’s pupil-led ensemble ‘Philomel’ and musicians from the Divine Symphony Orchestra, Nigeria. Supporting victims of...

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Sound, Image, Movement – The Commonwealth

7:30pm, Friday 20th April 2018, 7pm St James' Church Piccadilly, The Purcell School for young musicians flagship music tech show is being taken on the road for the first time. The concert will feature spectacularly talented young Commonwealth musicians and composers...

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Uganda 2017

Uganda 2017

The Commonwealth Resounds! in Uganda October 2017

In October, ten students from Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and staff members Nick and Sarah Oliver will travel out to Kampala, Uganda to run a ten day musical outreach project for The Commonwealth Resounds! This is a return visit for TCR and we hope to build on the musical relationships established on our first trip to Kampala back in 2007.

21 – 31 October 2017

Our aim is to provide our students from the UK with a unique educational experience where they will visit a part of the world previously unknown to most of them, learn about the different life and culture and master skills of leading and collaborating with other young people in musical projects. We also aim to give the people we will meet the chance to expand their musical experiences and education with practical and hands-on activities. Our musical skills can also be utilised to entertain in the form of concerts, both formal and informal.

Our principal contact is with Kampala Music School. We are in discussions with them and proposals include individual instrument workshops, public masterclasses and performances which will include collaborative chamber music groups with UK and Ugandan students working together, a chamber ensembles concert and an orchestral project culminating in a final concert.

We are also embarking on the process of contacting schools, hospitals, orphanages and other community organisations in and around Kampala. Our template for these is to offer the services of ourselves and our students free of charge (we only ask the venue we are visiting for suitable refreshments). We adapt the programme to the needs and wishes of each individual venue and organisation but activities would typically include playing an informal concert, offering coaching and collaborative playing to any instrumentalists/singers we meet and giving youngsters in schools and elsewhere the opportunity to see, handle and try instruments they may never have seen before, let alone played. Confirmed partners include the Kampala Singers, the MLISADA brass band and the Bayimba foundation.

We will be seeking opportunities for our students to learn more about Uganda, both before we go and whilst we are there. This may include workshops with local musicians and/or academics who can explain about and demonstrate traditional instruments and talks given by people with medical and charitable experience of working in Uganda.

Updates from Uganda

Photos from Uganda: update number 2!

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Photos from Uganda – Kampala Music School

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Commonwealth Resounds Gala Concert 2017

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Uganda trip 2017 underway!

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”.

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Return Visit to Kampala, Uganda!

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.

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Young Commonwealth Outreach Ambassadors in India

Young Commonwealth Outreach Ambassadors in India

Young Commonwealth Outreach Ambassadors in India

Two enterprising young musicians, Matthew Higham (Ghana/UK) and Jenny Clarke (China/UK) will be travelling to Goa, India in July 2016 to spend 6 weeks teaching and mentoring children in flute, piano, violin, viola, recorder clarinet and voice.

Matthew and Jenny are currently in their final year at the Purcell School and have organised this project by themselves, in consultation with Luis Francesco Dias, the Director of Child’s Play, a special music school in Goa, and Alison Cox, Co-Director of The Commonwealth Resounds. Matt and Jenny will post a blog about their experiences and activities here, and hopefully inspire other young musicians to do similar things.

If other young people throughout the Commonwealth would like to get in touch with us, we shall be delighted to hear from them, and will help to promote outstanding musical projects on our website as we are doing for Matt and Jenny. Please communicate with us via an adult if you are under the age of 18.

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Find out what we’ve been up to recently…

Matthew Higham and Jenny Clarke, two talented, enterprising young musicians from the Purcell School collaborated with The Commonwealth Resounds in a special voluntary project, where they have raised funds to travel to Goa, India, to teach instrumental music to children linked to a charity called Child’s Play.

They were generously supported by the Royal Society of St George, the Toby Davies Fund, the North Norfolk Community Fund and a number of kind friends and family members.

Matthew and Jenny are now in Goa, working hard with the children preparing for a special ‘Monsoon Concert’ on August 20th.

 

Thanks to the Royal Society of St George

Matthew and Jenny’s project in India has been very kindly supported by the Royal Society of St George. We are all very grateful for their kind and generous support which will help them to go to India and work with a number of children in Goa as part of a Commonwealth Resounds outreach project.

Malta 2015

Malta 2015

The Commonwealth Resounds in Malta November 2015

Almost 100 musicians and singers (many of the young people) travelled to Malta from all over the world to take part in a week of concerts, projects and events linked to CHOGM 2015. This also happened to be the 10th Anniversary of The Commonwealth Resounds which we celebrated in style, in collaboration with cultural partners from the beautiful country where The Commonwealth Resounds was first created in 2005.

Hamish Webb, a young 16-year-old musician sponsored by the Royal Society of St George, writes about his exciting musical outreach/ concert trip to Malta as part of CHOGM 2015

Commonwealth Gala concert PDF

Monday November 23rd

A lively, memorable outreach workshop in a Maltese school, run by young musicians from The Commonwealth Resounds. Great fun was had by all, lots of musical teaching and learning took place and many new friendships were formed – especially in the playground!

Tuesday 24th November (a.m. and p.m.)

Another excellent outreach workshop in a Maltese primary school. Our young Commonwealth musicians presented three exciting concerts to some very large groups of children in St Paul’s Bay Primary School. Excellent hospitality from the staff, and the children were engaged and enthusiastic throughout. It was hard work performing to such large audiences, but well worth the effort!

Tuesday 24th November (evening)

“The Commonwealth Resounds in Malta’. This was our 10th Anniversary Concert at the Manoel Theatre, Valletta, Malta. Lots of wonderful participants from different Commonwealth countries such as Malta, Gozo, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, The Bahamas…. and a whole lot more. There was so much to see and hear. The dancers looked spectacularly beautiful. The Maltese groups were colourful and lively. Everyone was dazzled by the sublime musicianship and virtuosity of the Royal Over-Seas League players. The exquisite Caribbean flute trio celebrating St Vincent and the Grenadines and composed by Rowland Sutherland, was one of the highlights of the evening. It was a really busy, rather stressful day for some of the young Chethams and Purcell musicians in particular, who had to cram into a single day rehearsals for this concert, three school workshops in St Paul’s Bay and a masterclass at The Johann Strauss School of Music! However, in spite of their gruelling schedule and obvious tiredness, their contribution throughout the day was admirable. The Commonwealth Resounds in Malta’ was organised by Malta’s own Michelle Paris, who worked very hard indeed to make it a success. Huge thanks to the CHOGM Task Force in Malta for sponsoring this special event.

Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November

panorpheus_logo_colour_light St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity (SJCC) Spazju Kreattiv Wednesday November 25th Day Rehearsals Thursday November 26th Performances. This was our most ambitious-ever Commonwealth project. 53 short pieces were commissioned, each representing one of the Commonwealth countries, and each featuring either the flute, the harp or both. Other instruments were also included. Edward Longstaff’s beautiful, evocative, semi-improvised piece PANORPHEUS was performed at the beginning and the end of the event in SJCC’s wonderfully spacious atrium, with musicians placed at many different levels.

  • Concert 1 – PANORPHEUS in Africa (performed by Chethams School of Music)
  • Concert 2 – PANORPHEUS in the South Pacific (performed by the Purcell School for Young Musicians)
  • Concert 3 – PANORPHEUS in Asia (Performed by the Royal Over-Seas League)
  • Concert 4 – PANORPHEUS in the Caribbean (Performed by a special Caribbean ensemble)
  • Concert 5 – PANORPHEUS in Europe (Performed by musicians from the UK and Malta)

Huge thanks in particular to two wonderful musicians – Juliana Myslov (harp, ROSL and Royal College of Music) and Laura Davies (flute (Royal Academy of Music) who performed in all 5 concerts. As well as the concerts, young musicians from Chethams and Purcell ran lively interactive workshops designed by themselves for children in Malta and the UK, based on interesting material from different Commonwealth regions. It was unfortunate that an imaginary national security risk prevented three Maltese schools from attending these fascinating workshops. The children from other organisations who attended enjoyed the workshops greatly. The performance venue, St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity – was ideal for the event, and SJCC staff were enormously helpful and kind to us all – especially Maria Spiteri Zahra and Toni Sant. However, it was such a shame that so few Maltese schools and members of the public came to hear this unique musical event, which had been created over 18 months specially for Malta and CHOGM 2015. HOWEVER – everyone was very glad to welcome the Apollo Youth Choir, the Bermonsey Harris Academy and the Commonwealth Festival Choir, who came to take part in the event along with composers from Canada, India and Malta who had written pieces to represent their own countries. PANORPHEUS will be performed again – in parts and as a whole. The second performance of ‘PANORPHEUS in the South Pacific’ took place in the United Kingdom on Tuesday 27th January at The Purcell School, Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD232TS. Other performances will take place in due course. http://www.edwardlongstaff.com/clips.html This beautiful, semi-improvised piece composed by Edward Longstaff, included flutes, harps and a large number of other musicians too. It was performed as a ‘framework’ at the beginning and end of the event.

Friday 27th November

‘Joy to the Commonwealth’ at St Lawrence’s Church, Vittoriosa, Birghu, Malta. Featuring the Joy Gospel Singers performing in partnership with the Commonwealth Festival Choir and Orchestra. The Commonwealth Festival Choir included young singers from the Apollo Youth Choir and the Bermondsey Harris Academy, including many different cultural groups. The Commonwealth Festival Orchestra included six musicians from MUSON in Nigeria, young musicians from the UK’ s specialist music schools and professional musicians from the Royal Over Seas League representing Australia and New Zealand. This was a wonderful celebratory upbeat concert, performed to a packed church, and greatly enjoyed by all.

Saturday 28th November

Our final Gala Concert, featuring the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra and Choir at the Catholic Institute, Floriana. Conducted by Dr James Ross, Graham Dinnage and Alexei Galea. Soloists Juliana Myslov, Som Howie and Edward King from the Royal Over-Seas League, plus young musicians from the Purcell School and Chethams School of Music. It was a special pleasure to welcome into the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra 10 professional musicians from the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and six musicians from MUSON in Nigeria, who were all a real asset to our musical programme.