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.
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, presenting a wide range of musical topics were introduced to a receptive audience of Commonwealth delegates by Dr. Bernard Trafford, who skilfully chaired the Forum.
Sincere thanks to Geoff Parkin, Director of Arts, Royal Overseas League for generously hosting the Forum and to Helena Clarke, our brilliant volunteer Commonwealth Music Forum Manager!
Click here for a link to the programme of events for the Commonwealth Music
“It was a real pleasure to take part in the first Commonwealth Music Forum. Congratulations for making it happen and for the impeccable organisation of this event”.
Benoit Machuel, General Secretary, International Federation of
“An honour to be there!”
Kuljit Bhamra OBE, Composer, Record Producer and Musician
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 Commonwealth Resounds collaborated with Rotary London to create a spectacular drumming performance, directed by the brilliant, charismatic Kevin Hathway and performed to almost 2,000 Commonwealth Delegates from the Youth, Business, People’s and Women’s Forums at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster.
The 58 performers representing almost every country in the Commonwealth included drummers from Ghana and other parts of Africa led by Abass Doodo, Indian Chenda drummers from the India High Commission’s Nehru Centre, drummers and dancers from Botswana directed by Lorraine Lionheart, drummers from Rotary London secured by Sri Vallipuram and young drummers from many different Commonwealth backgrounds from The Purcell School for Young Musicians in Hertfordshire.
‘We were honoured to have The Commonwealth Resounds perform as part of this event….I was enormously impressed with the energy and impact of the performance”
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the U.N.
“Before the speeches began, the inclusive character of the Commonwealth was show-cased by The Commonwealth Resounds! group of musicians from all 53 countries performing together, many of them draped in the flags of their respective nation, singing and playing their instruments, their faces wreathed in smiles”.
Victoria Schofield, Editorial Board Member, The Round Table
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 Alexandra Hall at Over-Seas House in St James’ in Central London.
Events continue until the evening, culminating in a spectacular performance by ROSL’s prizewinning ensemble KABANTU. Refreshments and drinks will be provided throughout the afternoon.
The Forum it will be a fantastic opportunity to share ideas about how The Commonwealth can be engaged better to support music, and to make connections with other international musicians and Commonwealth guests.