As a special, unique tribute to Her Majesty The Queen, a brand new Commonwealth Song has been commissioned to be sung by choirs in all 54 Commonwealth countries at the same time as the lighting of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons on June 2nd 2022.

A call for song lyrics was put out in June and we are now delighted to announce that the three winning song lyrics and writers are:

Lucy Kiely – ‘A Life Lived with Grace’

Meenashki Gautam Chaturvedi – ‘A Light in our Hearts’

Rodrica Rudge – ‘Majesty’

Click here for more information and the full song lyrics.

Alison Cox, Founder and Director of The Commonwealth Resounds commented “The adjudicators were blown away by the quality and beauty of a very large number of lyrics submitted from around the Commonwealth, and would like to warmly thank everyone who contributed so generously to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Song Competition”

Commonwealth composers are now invited to begin writing and submitting songs. The deadline for song entries is Tuesday 2 November. Further information and guidelines can be found here.

Important dates

Thursday September 2, 2021 at 12 noon (UK GMT): The Commonwealth Song Competition opens to composers

Tuesday November 2, 2021 at 11.59 p.m. (UK GMT): The Commonwealth Song Competition closes to composers

Thursday December 2, 2021 at 12 noon (UK GMT): The WINNING SONG AND COMPOSER will be announced, plus a shortlist of up to 9 other composers.

Sunday January 2, 2022 at 12 noon (UK GMT): The WINNING SONG will be made available to all participating choirs

(Other shortlisted composers will also be mentioned and celebrated and are likely to receive other opportunities to hear their songs performed)