The Commonwealth Resounds ran an ambitious, exciting programme of musical activities during CHOGM week (16 th – 20 th April 2018) and received many accolades from those who attended the performances and events.

The Meeting of the CHOGM Forums – Tuesday 17th April

The Commonwealth Resounds collaborated with Rotary London to create a spectacular drumming performance, directed by the brilliant, charismatic Kevin Hathway and performed to almost 2,000 Commonwealth Delegates from the Youth, Business, People’s and Women’s Forums at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster.

The 58 performers representing almost every country in the Commonwealth included drummers from Ghana and other parts of Africa led by Abass Doodo, Indian Chenda drummers from the India High Commission’s Nehru Centre, drummers and dancers from Botswana directed by Lorraine Lionheart, drummers from Rotary London secured by Sri Vallipuram and young drummers from many different Commonwealth backgrounds from The Purcell School for Young Musicians in Hertfordshire.

‘We were honoured to have The Commonwealth Resounds perform as part of this event….I was enormously impressed with the energy and impact of the performance”
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the U.N.

“Before the speeches began, the inclusive character of the Commonwealth was show-cased by The Commonwealth Resounds! group of musicians from all 53 countries performing together, many of them draped in the flags of their respective nation, singing and playing their instruments, their faces wreathed in smiles”.
Victoria Schofield, Editorial Board Member, The Round Table