Rotary’s Music Relay Song for Peace

Rotary’s Music Relay Song for Peace

We are excited to be performing a leg of the relay at the upcoming Rotary Peace Conference 2024, February 10th, in London. The event promises an innovative addition to its program: a special musical performance by the young composer and arranger, Oscar Brown (16). Attendees can anticipate an evening of harmony and inspiration as we share our latest project with the world. This is designed to resonate with the conference’s theme of promoting Positive Peace.

A notable aspect of the musical program is Rotary’s collaboration with the Commonwealth Resounds, which will showcase a global musical relay. This collaborative effort aims to spread messages of peace and unity worldwide through the language of music. The inclusion of music in the conference underscores Rotary’s commitment to exploring diverse avenues for promoting peace and understanding.

Attendees are encouraged to join this unique musical experience and witness firsthand the transformative power of music in fostering global harmony. You can find out more by visiting The Rotary website here.



Commonwealth Music Relay Launch

On Tuesday, 14th September, the Commonwealth community celebrated the launch of the Commonwealth Music Relay at St James’s Palace. Supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the launch of the relay was presented as a special event at the end of the prestigious Commonwealth Youth Awards.

In the presence of HRH Prince Edward, The Duke of Edinburgh, we were delighted by his keen interest in the project. As a patron of several arts and music organisations, Prince Edward said he was eager to witness the Music Relay’s progress and its impact across the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Music Relay is an ambitious, collaborative project that seeks to unite every country within the Commonwealth through the universal language of music. This project encourages talented musicians to create and share their musical ideas, forming a collaborative Music Relay that will eventually span across all participating countries.

To kickstart the Commonwealth Music Relay, a song was specially composed and premiered at St James’s Palace. This was performed by musicians from the Purcell School for Young Musicians and Meera Maharaj, a brilliant young professional flautist with cultural connections to Trinidad.

Over the course of the Music Relay, this original song will inspire musicians and composers across the Commonwealth to reimagine, reinvent, and share their own versions online.

The grand culmination of the Commonwealth Music Relay will be a spectacular final performance set to take place in Samoa, coinciding with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October 2024.

Join the Relay: An Open Call to Young Musicians and Composers

After the global success of our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee project, broadcast live from Buckingham Palace in June 2022, we are offering a new musical challenge to all young Commonwealth musicians and composers.

The Commonwealth Music Relay is now open to participants in two distinct categories:

Musicians, singers, and composers aged between 18 and 30 as of 1st September 2023.
Those under the age of 18 as of the same date.
The relay invites participants to draw inspiration from the song ‘Symphony’, crafted by young composers from all five regions of the Commonwealth. Participants can either present their unique arrangement of ‘Symphony’ or create an original variation inspired by fragments of the song.

The Relay Process

Listen: Begin by immersing in ‘Symphony’, as performed by pupils from The Purcell School for Young Musicians.
Create: Use the song as a creative springboard for your own rendition.
Record: Film or record your piece, ensuring authenticity and passion. Expensive setups are unnecessary.
Upload: Share your masterpiece with the global community.
Pass it On: Extend the relay by sharing your music with another musician or group, urging them to offer their take.