The Commonwealth Resounds! Connecting musical cultures since 2005We promote music and musicians across the Commonwealth through collaborative events worldwide with a particular focus on young people and the developing world. Thousands of our musicians have been involved in our life-changing projects and gala performances including the opening of the Royal Commonwealth Society’s brand-new auditorium in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, as part of Prince Charles's Official Dinner for the 53 Heads of Government in Sri Lanka and at the Official Launch of the Prince's Trust in Malta. Our musicians have also given regular appearances at the Commonwealth Observance Day services at Westminster Abbey and at Commonwealth Forums Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Uganda, Perth and Sri Lanka. In 2015 our Commonwealth Festival Choir and Orchestra gave a Concert for the President of Malta at Verdala Palace in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. We have been proudly supported by the Royal Over Seas League, the International Federation of Musicians, the Musicians’ Union Phonographic Performance Ltd, The Royal Society of St George and numerous Rotary Clubs throughout the UK and overseas.
We are delighted to announce that members of Ardvreck School’s Pipe band will be joining us for our Sound Image Movement concert in St James’ Church, Piccadilly on Friday 20th April. Ardvreck School, based in Crieff, is one of Scotland’s most prestigious prep schools. A very musical school almost all pupils learn an instrument as part of their education. The group is made up of young pipers aged 9-13 who have won many prizes across Scotland.
The School Pipe Band have already performed on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile as part of the Royal Mile parade and are regularly seen around Perthshire supporting a wide array of events. As a special celebration this year, they are aiming to combine their love of piping with the thrill of climbing and are looking to scale some of the UK’s most inaccessible pinnacles in order to pipe from the top!
We are delighted that the Ardvreck pipers will be performing before the concert in St James’ Church Piccadilly. You can find further details of the concert here.
We are looking for drummers who play regularly – either by ear or who read music. All age groups and genders are welcome. They will have to be available for at least two full days for training and rehearsals – possibly 12 & 13 April. Performances will be during the week of 16th April when the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) takes place. We are awaiting for the final programme of events for that week to finalise our performance dates.
We are looking for approximately 60 drummers. There are 52 Commonwealth countries and we will have 8 reserve drummers. We shall expect all 60 performers (including the 8 reserve drummers) to play at all events. We would like drummers to wear a traditional costume or bandanas denoting the colours of a Commonwealth country. There is still a lot of planning and thinking going on about how we will conduct this event. Rotary Clubs to note that we are looking for volunteers and there are no funds to reimburse for time off from work or travel.
If Rotary Clubs have drummers in mind – then please put together a list with their profiles and note down if they would be happy to represent any particular Commonwealth country. The list will be forwarded to the organisers who will shortlist and conduct the auditions and training for these events.
If you are interested please contact Sree Vallipuram using the form below: