Creating musical partnerships, projects and performances across the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth Resounds is an officially accredited Commonwealth musical organisation. Established in 2005, our mission is to connect musical cultures, and to promote initiatives and partnerships in Commonwealth countries. We have a special focus upon music education and composition.

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales sends his heartfelt thanks for the wonderful musical accompaniment by young musicians from The Commonwealth Resounds at the launch of the Prince’s Trust International in Malta. They added something very special to the occasion.

H.R.H, The Prince of Wales

’A Song for the Commonwealth’ has been a masterpiece of a project, with its wonderfully international ‘cast of thousands’, and its extraordinary reach, via music, all around the world. I will continue to be inspired by it; it was my own personal highlight from the Platinum Jubilee. I hope all of you who took part will remain proud of your involvement, as this was something really special. The life-affirming song, and the hundreds of new arrangements and projects it gave life to, form a major piece of heritage from the Jubilee, and a very positive portrait of choral life around the world in 2022. Thanks to all who sang or played this music, who taught, arranged and filmed it – something very important was created here.

Judith Weir CBE

Master of the Queen's Music

In celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s extraordinary 70 year dedicated reign over the UK and the Commonwealth, the Lighting of the Beacons will occur on 2nd June 2022 throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and for the first time, in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth. I thought it would add to this special moment in The Queen’s life, if a unique song was sung by individual choirs throughout the Commonwealth as the Beacons are lit throughout the various time zones, on 2nd June next year. I could think of no better organisation than my friends from The Commonwealth Resounds to organise a  competition to find the winning song to be sung during this historic evening of celebration.

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR

Pageantmaster, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons

The sights and sounds of Commonwealth Resounds and of the Kampala CHOGM will long live with me

Kamalesh Sharma

Commonwealth Secretary-General, 2008 - 2016

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Third Culture Collective Perform at Houses of Parliament

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On 17 March 2022, The Third Culture Collective, The Commonwealth Resounds Ensemble in Association played at the prestigious Houses of Parliament in London, as part of the 2022 Westminster Seminar. The Third Culture Collective trio, featuring Shri Gadhvi on tabla,...

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National Lottery Community Fund Support

National Lottery Community Fund Support

We are delighted to receive funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to help support our work for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons Song for the Commonwealth. The project has been running for nearly a year already, but as we approach Jubilee Day we were...

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Our current projects

Go Compose Online Composition teaching all over the world

Go Compose!

Find out about our international Go Compose projects! In collaboration with Sound and Music. Go Compose enables young musicians to create new music with professional musicians.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons

As a special, unique tribute to Her Majesty The Queen, a brand new Song for the Commonwealth will be commissioned to be sung by choirs in all 54 Commonwealth countries at the same time as the lighting of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons on June 2nd 2022.

The Commonwealth Resounds is delighted and honoured to be organising this important element of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons.

The Commonwealth International Composition Award Shortlist Announced

Young composers from all over the world are warmly invited to apply for the Commonwealth International Composition Award 2022. Now in its third year, this exciting competition offers entrants outstanding training opportunities and awards for their work, plus a chance to hear their music performed by professional musicians in prestigious London venues

Apply Now for the opportunity to take part