Final Shortlist Announced

We are delighted to announce the final shortlist for our First Commonwealth International Composition Award in association with ABRSM and The Purcell School. The number and standard of entries was extremely high and the judges were very impressed with every single composition.


Childhood Impressions by Xiaole Zhan (New Zealand)
Hero’s Journey No 2 by Andrew Udal – (Australia)
Time by Devon Mallin Halim – (Indonesia)
Vorfreude by Nathaniel Koh – (New Zealand)
Be the Light by Hui Zhou Rong Isaiah – (Singapore)
Jive of the Jumble by Aliyah Ramatally – (Trinidad and Tobago)
Fou by Brianna Georges – (Antigua and Barbuda)
Ashore by Khadijah Simon – (Antigua and Barbuda)
Classic Arab by Dana Al Tajer – (Bahrain)
Kawbatau by Virginia Baird – (New Zealand)


Antigua and Barbuda – Erienne Peters – The Reckoning
India – Manuel Dias – Synchronicity in A minor
New Zealand – Emily Gambrill – School Bells


The Commonwealth International Composition Award

The Commonwealth International Composition Award


The Commonwealth International Composition Award is open to young composers all over the world. We are offering exceptional levels of online training and support to all those who wish to take part.

Four Commonwealth countries which have been chosen to run our training programme are Antigua and Barbuda, New Zealand, Rwanda and India

The administrative base for this exciting new award is at the Purcell School for Young Musicians, which is the Commonwealth’s oldest specialist music school.

Please contact Sam Buttler, Competition Manager for further information.

Solomon Islands Tour!

Solomon Islands Tour!

We are excited that our Ensemble in Residence, the Dionysus Ensemble, is looking forward to a tour to the Solomon Islands. The group is looking forward to working with a number of organisations on the islands including the Piano Association of Solomon Islands (PASI) and several local teachers to share their international experience and provide world class performances.

The group has a number of ideas which they hope to bring to fruition. Including, the formation of a National Youth Orchestra, supporting teaching around the Islands, presenting their world class performances to the community and passing on the love and joy of music to the next generation!

The Islands are already preparing for their visit and newspapers have featured the group and some of their exciting plans. If you would like to support the Dionysus Ensemble’s tour to the Solomon Islands, click here.

The Commonwealth Resounds shortlisted for The 2019 Charity Governance Awards

The Commonwealth Resounds shortlisted for The 2019 Charity Governance Awards

The Commonwealth Resounds was thrilled to be be shortlisted for the Charity Governance Awards 2019. Organised by the Clothworkers Company, the Charity Governance Awards have been presented regularly since 2016 and have helped celebrate and support the great work of many charities since then.

The Commonwealth Resounds has been shortlisted following a fantastic year of events and projects, including performing for the Royal Family and the creation of a brand new, unique, International Composition Award.

The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance in charities both small and large. There are seven categories covering every kind of charitable organisation. Entries are accepted between October and January each year. The Shortlist is announced at the beginning of April, and shortlisted charities are invited to an exclusive Awards Ceremony and Reception in May where the winners will be announced. The winning charity in each category will receive £5,000.

We would like to wish all the charities shortlisted for this award the very best of luck and will keep you updated here!

Commonwealth Innovation Awards

Commonwealth Innovation Awards

On Wednesday 19th September, The Commonwealth Resounds (TCR) was very happy to help celebrate the launch of the Commonwealth Innovation Awards at Marlborough House.

A brilliant young Commonwealth violinist called Litsa Tunnah performed two pieces with cultural connections to Sierra Leone, Africa and Australia. Litsa’s musicianship and skill was dazzling, and she received warm accolades from a number of the High Commissioners, Delegates and Commonwealth representatives present.

Baroness Scotland, The Commonwealth Secretary-General spoke glowingly about Litsa’s performance and TCR before she officially launched the Commonwealth Innovation Awards.