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.
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 Hurricane Irma in Antigua, Barbuda and Dominica
The concert will feature World Premiers from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s Principal Composer, Josh Mock; 2018 winner of the Royal Opera House Fanfare Competition, Manish Sanga and Musician in Residence at the world renowned Purcell School of Music, Carol Jones.
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 from the Purcell School, string players from Muson in Nigeria, Lorraine Lionheart & her ensemble from Botswana, the Anglo-Indian singer Gayatri Nair (as featured in The Voice on ITV), celebrated young guitarist Billy Watmon and ‘Drumming for Peace’ including more than 50 drummers from all over the Commonwealth! Absolutely not to be missed.
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.