Calling all young musicians, singers and composers in schools throughout the Commonwealth!
- Would you like to have your music performed in a world class venue?
- Would you like to have your music promoted from your own country and heard all over the
- Do you want to inspire other young musicians in the 56 Commonwealth countries?
If the answer is YES – then the Commonwealth Music Relay is for YOU!!
On the back of our extraordinary Queen’s Platinum Jubilee project in 2022, which was heard around the planet and broadcast live on the BBC from Buckingham Palace, and numerous media platforms throughout the world, we’re launching our latest creative musical challenge for the Commonwealth.
This time we are opening up our project in two categories:
- Young musicians, singers and composers under the age of 18 on 1st September 2023.
- Young musicians, singers and composers aged between 18 and 30 on 1st September 2023.
The starting leg of the relay was produced by young composers, living in the five regions of the Commonwealth. Siri from India, Jahfari from Antigua and Barbuda, James from Australia, Jacob from Malta and Ajiri from Nigeria. They created the song in online workshops, led by professional songwriters, Pam Sheyne & Richard Harris with composers, Jack Pepper & Alison Cox.
FIRST OF ALL – we would like you to listen to this song, ‘Symphony‘ written by young composers living in the five regions of the Commonwealth, arranged and performed by school-aged pupils from The Purcell School for Young Musicians.
Next, you should use the song as INSPIRATION for your own performance or creative musical idea.
Choose one of these two different ways of using it:
You can arrange the song ‘SYMPHONY’ and sing or play it in your own way. This can be in a different language if you want.
You must use fragments of the lyrics and the music from ‘Symphony’ to make up (compose) your own piece of music or song which will be a VARIATION of the original.
Film or record your new version of the song
Then you should film yourself (this can even be on a mobile phone) singing or performing your own music. This doesn’t need to be a studio recording or have much cost involved.
See our top tips for recording your music.
Send us your music
You will need to send your music to us. There are lots of different methods to achieve this. Please share your files using any platform you are comfortable using. Google Drive, WeTransfer, Apple,
Pass it on!
Pass your own music on
Share this project with others! We’re going to be tracking this relay around the world and will be looking at how the music has been passed from one musician or group to another so that it reaches every country in the Commonwealth.
Pass your own music onto another school or musician and ask them to make a variation of YOUR music!
Don’t forget to send them a link to this page!
What will happen next?
- 10 entries will be specially selected by a panel of experts to be performed in a very important concert during Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Samoa!
- All suitable pieces of music submitted will be posted in our ONLINE GALLERY where the young composers will be celebrated and promoted.
- Every piece of music submitted will form part of our Commonwealth Music Relay which will run around the world and around each country.
- You will appear on our interactive world map – wherever you live in the Commonwealth.
- Please click here for more ideas to help you write your own music
- Fill in our easy application form
- We will be very excited to hear from you. Have fun writing your music!
Time to the final performances CHoGM 2024 in Samoa!
Start thinking now