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


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


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


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.