Governance of The Commonwealth ResoundsThe Commonwealth Resounds is supported by a team of experienced artists and cultural practitioners representing all regions of the Commonwealth. They help our projects and support young people all over the world share their musical cultures.
During the early 80s Deodat studied the master drummers of Africa in London under the influence of Naña Bafu Appiah. Whilst living in Brixton Deodat Formed his own band, KUDUM. KUDUM performed Afro Jazz music at many festivals including Notting Hill carnival, and many other venues. Most of the songs were composed by Deodat in his basement.
Deodat returned to Guyana in 2004 amidst a violent crisis that overtook the country and decided to form BUXTON FUSION to alleviate the hardship the children of Buxton were experiencing. Music was used as a therapeutic conduit to alleviate the trauma the children experienced. The group is now nationally recognised and has performed to large audiences across Guyanaas well as encouraging and supporting young musicians to attend a variety of international projects including the Commonwealth Resounds in Trinidad 2007.
Sharda Patasar PhD
Trinidad and Tobago
Dr. Sharda Patasar straddles two fields, music and academia. She is a sitarist trained in North Indian Classical music and graduated in 2013 with a PhD. Cultural Studies. Sharda’s musical work comprises primarily fusion of the various genres of music in the Caribbean with North Indian classical music. Her position as a musical practitioner and performing artiste is one that provides her with intimate knowledge of the working of the musical landscape of Trinidad, where her father Mungal Patasar set the stage for musical collaborations with his pioneering work in fusion music that encapsulates the Trinidadian experience. Her academic writing and journalism are influenced by this heritage and her personal experience as an Indo-Trinidadian/Caribbean artiste.
Ensemble in Residence
The Dionysus Ensemble
A virtuosic chamber ensemble with a string quartet at its core.
The Dionysus team are all experienced educators both as instrumental teachers, coaches and outreach providers, and have taken musical projects into a wide range of communities. They explore music and communication through composition, improvisation and performance with instruments, songs and sounds, bringing a project to life through music in schools, nurseries, hospitals, prisons and care homes.
A founding ethos of The Dionysus Ensemble is bringing live music into situations where none might be present.
Read more on their website: www.thedionysusensemble.com
Young Commonwealth Ambassadors
Cecilia de Maria
Young Commonwealth Ambassador for the European Countries
Young Commonwealth Ambassador for the African Countries
Young Commonwealth Ambassador for Sri Lanka
Young Commonwealth Ambassador for Canada
Young Commonwealth Ambassador for Australia and the South Pacific
James Ross studied at Christ Church, Oxford, with a D.Phil. on French opera. Training first as a violinist and studying singing, he was a 1998 BBC Philharmonic Conducting Competition finalist; since then he has conducted over 900 symphonic and choral works and operas in fifteen countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America. He has performed in leading UK concert venues including Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, and in London at St John’s Smith Square and Westminster Abbey.
For TCR he has conducted the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra, comprised of members of The Purcell and Chetham’s Schools of Music and London music colleges, at the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth Observance Service; in 2014 he worked with TCR and The Royal Over-Seas League on a tour of 40 UK and Indian musicians to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit. Here he conducted concerts in Galle and the first orchestra performance at Colombo’s Nelum Pokuna Theatre, in collaboration with The Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka. James Ross is a frequent speaker on music, including at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France; he has taught at Oxford University and contributed to several books and music journals. He has helped to raise over £1 million through concert-giving for charities, and in 2013 conducted English National Ballet at the London Guildhall at a gala performance which raised over £800,000 in aid of Save The Children.
Peter Banks MRSC
As a musician and teacher at the Purcell School Peter has worked with The Commonwealth Resounds previously in Perth, Australia and supported his students who have taken part in The Commonwealth Resounds projects ever since. As a Chemistry Teacher Peter is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Within the society he writes regularly for the magazine ‘Education in Chemistry’ and sits on their editorial board, is an elected member of the Education division council and secretary to the Educational techniques group. His interests include the interface between chemistry and music and producing online educational resources. Peter plays violin and viola and has performed all around the world. He also helps musical organisations with their web based activities including summer schools, youth orchestras and university music societies.