As a special, unique tribute to Her Majesty The Queen, a brand new Song for the Commonwealth has been 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. A call for song lyrics was put out in June and we are now delighted to announce that the three winning song lyrics and writers are: Lucy Kiely – ‘A Life Lived with Grace’ Meenashki Gautam Chaturvedi – ‘A Light in our Hearts’ Rodrica Rudge – ‘Majesty’ Click here for more information and the full song lyrics. Alison Cox, Founder and Director of The Commonwealth Resounds commented “The adjudicators were blown away by the quality and beauty of a very large number of lyrics submitted from around the Commonwealth, and would like to warmly thank everyone who contributed so generously to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Song for the Commonwealth Competition” Commonwealth composers are now invited to begin writing and submitting songs. The deadline for song entries is Tuesday 2 November. Further information and guidelines can be found here. Important dates Thursday September 2, 2021 at 12 noon (UK GMT): The Commonwealth Song Competition opens to composers Tuesday November 2, 2021 at 11.59 p.m. (UK GMT): The Commonwealth Song Competition closes to composers Thursday December 2, 2021 at 12 noon (UK GMT): The WINNING SONG AND COMPOSER will be announced, plus a shortlist of up to 9 other composers. Sunday January 2, 2022 at 12 noon (UK GMT): The WINNING SONG will be made available to all participating choirs (Other shortlisted composers will also be mentioned and celebrated and are likely to receive other opportunities to hear their songs performed)
Entries are now open for the 2022 Commonwealth International Composition Award
The Commonwealth International Composition Award is a competition now in its third year, which aims to encourage young musicians to write their own music, and to give young composers the skills they need to further their careers.
The Award is run in partnership with The Commonwealth Resounds, the ABRSM, the Royal Overseas League, and The Purcell School for Young Musicians.
Anyone who is of school age anywhere in the world can apply. There are two categories in the competition –
Starters, for young people who have never composed music before.
Flyers, for young people who have tried to make up their own music and who would like to receive teaching and help to learn new composing skills.
If you are a keen, enthusiastic young person, who loves music and would like to work with online teachers and mentors to bring your musical ideas to life, this competition is for you!
Entries are open from Tuesday 13th July 2021
Applications must be submitted by Friday 15th October 2021
Shortlisted young composers to be announced on Monday 25th October 2021
The Grand Final – Jan/Feb 2022 tbc
The 2021 competition attracted hundreds of entries from school age composers, and the entries were shortlisted down to ten finalists, who had their pieces recorded and performed by professional musicians. The Award Final was streamed live from the Royal Over-Seas League, with live performances of the pieces and pre-recorded messages from the adjudicators. The overall winner was announced by special guest Evelyn Glennie.
“This competition is an amazing opportunity. I learnt so much from the mentorship and the exciting opportunity to hear my composition recorded and performed live. I encourage all those eligible to enter, no matter your compositional level – all you need is a love of making sounds!” Xiaole Zhan, 2019 Winner
The Commonwealth Resounds is an accredited Commonwealth musical organisation. Established in 2005 with a mission to connect musical cultures, and to promote musical initiatives and partnerships in Commonwealth countries. The organisation supports and takes part in cultural projects in every layer of communities.
The ABRSM inspires musical achievement. It is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, holding over 650,000 assessments in more than 90 countries every year. As a registered charity, the ABRSM also make significant donations towards music education initiatives around the world.
The Purcell School for Young Musicians is The Purcell School is an international school for young musicians aged 10 to 18, and Britain’s oldest music school. Based on the outskirts of London, in Bushey, Hertfordshire, the School provides a rounded education with music at its heart to approximately 180 talented young players, singers and composers.
The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is a not-for-profit private members’ organisation dedicated to championing international friendship and understanding. ROSL helps artists and musicians across the Commonwealth connect, collaborate and create.
Competition adjudicators: Orphy Robinson MBE, Bushra El-Turk, Duncan Chapman, Supriya Nagarajan, and Barbara Law.
As one of the Commonwealth’s only musically accredited organisations, The Commonwealth Resounds facilitates cross-cultural projects, partnerships and performances with a focus on music education. The Third Culture Collective will be joining the Dionysus Ensemble as The Commonwealth Resounds’ second associated ensemble. Ensemble-in Association is a three-year post, during which time the ensemble will receive assistance and support in kind. As well as this, there will be exciting opportunities to network and collaborate with new partners and projects, especially those from other Commonwealth accredited organisations.
The Third Culture Collective is an exciting new ensemble, directed by British Indian music director, composer, singer and keyboardist Kavi Pau. Its aim is to bring together musicians from South Asian and Western cultures to perform new music and share their approach to music-making through performance, collaboration days and workshops. They seek to make western classical music more accessible to the next generation of British Asians, inspiring them to take pride in their mixed musical heritage and to inspire Western musicians to experiment with South Asian sounds.
Alison Cox OBE, Founder of The Commonwealth Resounds says: “We are delighted to welcome the Third Culture Collective to the Commonwealth family! The ensemble’s vision of bringing musicians from different cultural backgrounds together to share new music chimes perfectly with that of The Commonwealth Resounds, and I am absolutely delighted to welcome Kavi and his musicians as our new Ensemble-in-Association. We hope to develop exciting projects together, facilitate collaborations and partnerships, and to help support their work in any way that we can.”
Kavi Pau, Founder and Director of the Third Culture Collective says: “We are honoured to be appointed as Ensemble-in-Association with The Commonwealth Resounds and are excited to form a partnership together. The Commonwealth Resounds is an organisation whose own values resonate strongly with the Third Culture Collective. We both believe that the future of music is collaborative and cross-cultural. As a result of this association, we look forward to connecting with other Commonwealth partners and furthering our music-making in the UK and across the world”
Kavi Pau’s earliest musical experiences were in Indian music, studying the harmonium and Hindustani singing with Pravinaben Patel. Kavi won a choral scholarship to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he studied music, graduating in 2018 with a prize-winning double-first class degree. Alongside his work as Director of the Third Culture Collective, he is also Director of Music at St Barnabas Church, Ealing and is the Founder Director of Ensemble 1517, a choir specialising in the music of the Lutheran Reformation. He combines these posts with regular freelance activities and also teaches at the University of Cambridge.
To find out more about the Third Culture Collective, see their website www.thirdculturecollective.co.uk
The Commonwealth International Composition Award is a competition now in its second year, which aims to encourage young musicians to write their own music, and to give young composers the skills they need to further their careers.
The 2021 competition attracted hundreds of entries from school-age composers, and the entries were shortlisted down to ten finalists, who had their pieces recorded and performed by professional musicians.
The Award Final was streamed live from the Royal Over-Seas League last night, with live performances of the pieces and pre-recorded messages from the adjudicators. The overall winner was announced by special guest Evelyn Glennie.
Three prizes were awarded:
The winner of the Commonwealth International Composition Award 2021 is David Ingham, aged 15 (UK – pictured)
Three of the young composers were Highly Commended:
James Brew – Australia
Devon Packer – Canada
Falak Suteri – India
The Young Adjudicators Prize was awarded to Devon Packer, aged 15 (Canada)
The audience prize, voted for by the public was awarded to Falak Suteri, aged 15 (india)
“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of this year’s competition. All of the young composers produced some stunning work, and I am looking forward to hearing what they make next as their journeys continue”. Adjudicator Duncan Chapman
“Congratulations to everyone involved in this competition, it is a real testament to your dedication, creativity, and love of music. ABRSM is a founding partner of this award, and it is great to see the number of entries rising year on year. I am reminded of the power of music to connect, unite, and bring people together.” Lincoln Abbotts, Strategic Director, ABRSM
The Award final is available to watch here.
More information on the award and the 2021 finalists can be found here.
The Award is run in partnership with The Commonwealth Resounds, the ABRSM and The Purcell School for Young Musicians.
The Adjudicators: Bushra El-Turk Duncan Chapman Supriya Nagarajan
Xiaole Zhan (New Zealand) – Winner of the 2020 Commonwealth International Composition Award
Aliyah Ramatally (Trinidad) – Audience Vote Winner of the 2020 Commonwealth International Composition Award
Kavi Paul (UK/India) – Director of the Third Culture Collective
Jasmine Morris (UK/Japan) Winner of the BBC Inspire Young Composers’ Competition
The Commonwealth International Composition Award Audience Vote is now live!
Well done to all of our young composers for writing such fantastic pieces! All were inspired by poems written by poets from around the Commonwealth:
Dance Craze by Kendel Hippolyte (St Lucia)
One Step Beyond – by Mr Gee (UK)
I Am a Poem About the Ants by Nicholas Laughlin (Trinidad)
Oceania by Karlo Mila (Tonga/ New Zealand)
Accent – by Mere Taito (Rotoman Island/Fiji)
Find out more about our finalists and vote for your favourite piece by clicking below:Listen and vote here