On Tuesday May 14th, Alison Cox OBE, TCR’s Founder and Chair of Trustees was invited to the Houses of Parliament by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, UK  to speak about Creativity in the Commonwealth, along with Mr Gee the Poet and Daniel Hatton from the Commonwealth Fashion Council.

Alison spoke about the importance of musical creativity, and the impact this can have upon musicians and their livelihoods. She mentioned the Commonwealth International Composition Award (TCR’s latest, high-profile project) and also some of the other projects we have run for CHOGM in previous years; for example, the Commonwealth Pianorama (53 short piano pieces from all over the Commonwealth,  performed in Trinidad, London and Edinburgh in 2009/10) and Panorpheus (53 flute-harp pieces created for CHOGM 2015 in Malta).

The Commonwealth Resounds also organised some imaginative cultural entertainment for the Parliamentary Association . A spectacular Commonwealth juggler, Emmanuael the Magnificent, juggled with bowls, spinning plates, skittles and even with Parliamentary chairs! Emmanuel’s performance was enhanced by young jazz musicians from The Purcell School who created improvisations to accompany the performance.