Flourish!

Flourish!

Flourish

The Commonwealth Resounds is delighted and very proud to be working in partnership with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in this special project

As part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, BCMG presents Flourish!, a Creative City Project generously funded by Birmingham City Council.

Flourish! seeks to re-imagine the fanfare – a ubiquitous part of sporting ceremonies – for the 21st Century and bring together communities through the medium of music. Throughout the spring and summer of 2022, we will be working with 10 ‘musical triangles’, each comprising of a non-professional or youth ensemble, a composer, and a Commonwealth connection, to create fanfares inspired by and celebrating the Commonwealth – its nations, individuals and values of diversity and tolerance.

Each composer will work collaboratively with their ensemble to create a brand new fanfare which will be performed live this Summer, as well as filmed and shared as a digital concert. BCMG’s Flourish! is a partnership with The Commonwealth Resounds.

You can read more about this exciting project here

Read below some lovely comments from young composers who participated in BCMG’s Creative Composing Lab, composing 1-minute fanfares, directed by David Horne and Kuljit Bhamra

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this event. It was an indescribable feeling, hearing the professional musicians playing my music. It was an amazing experience, learning from the other composers, which I will remember for a long time

Jia Ler

Singapore

Thank you so much!
This was truly a wonderful experience and I had such a good time! I am so grateful to have been a part of it.

Looking forward to hearing the recording

Anjali Pramod

India

I am so thrilled to have participated in this wonderful event with my student, Peace.
My student and I were so happy to hear music being performed exactly the way it was written and on very strange instruments like the Indian table, oboe, double bass and trumpet.

Thanks for giving us this wonderful opportunity again

Elijah Kiwalabye

Founder /Executive Director, Thrive Music Academy, Uganda

Thank you very much for this opportunity. It was a fantastic experience

Jacob Abela

Malta

David Horne

Professor David Horne teaches in both academic and principal study areas at the RNCM and directs HARP, the college’s Hub for Artistic Research into Performance. He supervises a wide range of composition, performance and musicology PhD students.

Kuljit Bhamra

Kuljit Bhamra MBE Hon DMus is a British composer, record producer and musician whose main instrument is the tabla. He is best known as one of the record producers who pioneered the British Bhangra sound and for his many collaborations with musicians from different genres and continents. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List for services to Bhangra and British Asian Music.

West End Kids!

West End Kids!

West End Kids

West End Kids

Here is something really special – The West End Kids! This amazing video showcases the talents of the ensemble. They performed for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the prestigious Coutts Reception on 2nd June as the Beacons were lit across the entire Commonwealth in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

West End Kids, as a group, have raised hundreds of West End & Broadway stars since 2001, with a unique blend of ambition, opportunity, motivation, mastery and mindset. They aim to give young performers the best possible start in life.

Lorraine Lionheart sings our Song for the Commonwealth, A Life Filled with Grace

Lorraine Lionheart sings our Song for the Commonwealth, A Life Filled with Grace

Lorraine Lionheart sings our Song for the Commonwealth, A Life Lived with Grace

Lorraine Lionheart sings a Life Lived With Grace.

Lorraine Lionheart

Lorraine Lionheart

Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Music Scholar, Entrepreneur

The UK based African music artist was born and raised in the Kalahari Desert, in Botswana, the country they call the jewel of Africa and one of the most romantic African countries. She has a pure experience of growing up in an area so untouched, beautifully remote and that carries a unique sense of deep rooted spirituality. The singer says her music is deeply influenced by the music of the San tribe of the Kalahari Desert. In her words “the San are the world’s most beautiful people”. Even though she embraces her roots and sings in her native languages, 14 other African languages ,as well as in English, her music knows no geographical barriers and appeals to even an audience unfamiliar with African music. She is an adventurous artist who does not feel restricted to any style of music but continues to maintain her authenticity throughout her artistic experience and music journey.

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Third Culture Collective Perform at Houses of Parliament

Third Culture Collective Perform at Houses of Parliament

Third Culture Collective Perform at Houses of Parliament

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, Simon Purdy on violin and Kavi Pau on piano, played a set in their iconic cross-cultural style. The music on offer ranged from Bach to Bollywood, including Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s O re piya, Hum ko hamise chura lo from Mohabbatein, and instrumental arrangements of their recent releases such as Darshan Do Ghanshyam and Fauré’s Après un rêve.

Performing Bach/Gounod’s Ave Maria was a real highlight. The piano part was written by JS Bach in the 18th century, the melody line (played by Simon on the violin) was added by the French composer Charles Gounod in the 19th century, and the tabla part was newly improvised by Shri!

Hosted by The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Westminster Seminar is a peer-to-peer learning programme for parliamentarians and clerks from across the Commonwealth and is now in its 70th year. It was a pleasure to meet and perform for such distinguished guests, including the Speakers of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. After a long day of rehearsing and performing, The ensemble were delighted to be invited to a formal dinner in the Members’ Dining Room!

Thank you to all involved in facilitating such a wonderful event, in particular to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and Royal Commonwealth Society.

See below for a sneak preview of our performance, recorded live at the Houses of Parliament:

National Lottery Community Fund Support

National Lottery Community Fund Support

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons Song for the Commonwealth

Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund
Find out about our Platinum Jubilee Beacons, Song for the Commonwealth Celebrations

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 delighted to receive help to ensure this once in a lifetime event is able to run as smoothly as possible.

The Commonwealth Resounds is run entirely by volunteers who work tirelessly to try and help make a difference. We receive no central funding for our work and the difference this new support from the Community Fund will make to our project is huge. Our aim is to link up a choir with every one of the fifteen hundred beacons throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth. With this number of participants, the logistics and administration are quite a challenge for a small charity like ourselves!

We are delighted and extremely grateful to receive this funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. It will enable us to take this project to the next level and support choirs and music across the Commonwealth.

We hope that the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will inspire choirs to gather and reform after this global pandemic. This promises to bring a moment of hope after a dark few years for all choirs and communities involved.

Alison Cox OBE

Founder and Trustee, Commonwealth Resounds