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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org Alison will be delighted to hear from you, and will be able to answer all your questions.
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.
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.
I am speechless. Gratitude is my attitude always. I am a proud Motswana. #LorraineLionheart #CommonwealthYouth #HarryandMeghan#DukeanDuchessofSussex @OfficialBrandBW @BrandBotswana @UnpluggedBW @BWGovernment @rtBotswana @UKinBotswana @CWResounds pic.twitter.com/4lAvrNxB4Q
— Lorraine LIONHEART (@LLHofficial) July 6, 2018