The Queen's Platinum Jubilee BeaconsA Song for the Commonwealth
Countdown to the Jubilee on June 2nd, 2022
As a special tribute to Her Majesty The Queen, a brand new Song for the Commonwealth will be 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. The Commonwealth Resounds is delighted and honoured to be organising this important element of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons.
In celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s extraordinary 70 year dedicated reign over the UK and the Commonwealth, the lighting of the Beacons will occur on 2nd June 2022 throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and for the 'first time,' in each of the Capital Cities of the Commonwealth. I thought it would add to this special moment in The Queen’s life, if a new song was sung by individual choirs throughout the Commonwealth as the Beacons are lit throughout the various time zones, on 2nd June next year. I could think of no better organisation than my friends from The Commonwealth Resounds to organise this competition to find the winning song to be sung during this historic evening of celebration.
Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR
Pageantmaster, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons
‘This is a unique tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’
For the first time in history, on June 2nd 2022, as the Beacons are lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and in the Capital Cities of the Commonwealth countries in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a specially-composed Song for the Commonwealth will also be sung by choirs of all sizes and age groups.
On June 2nd 2021, the official Commonwealth Song Competition was launched, inviting people everywhere to create lyrics and music suited to this historic occasion and moment in The Queen’s life on 2nd June next year. We had an amazing response and have received many wonderful and meaningful entries from all over the Commonwealth.
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Are you a member of a Commonwealth choir?
Wednesday June 2nd 2021 at 12 noon UK BST
Commonwealth writers were invited to create and submit short song lyrics
Commonwealth choirs invited to express interest
Monday August 2nd 2021 at 23:59 UK BST
Closing date and time for receiving song lyrics
Adjudicators met during this month to choose the winning song lyrics
Thursday September 2nd 2021 at 12 noon UK BST
Commonwealth composers were invited to begin writing and submitting songs
Tuesday November 2nd 2021 at 23:59 UK GMT
Closing date and time for receiving song entries
Adjudicators meet during this month to choose the winning song
Thursday December 2nd 2021 at 23:59 UK GMT
Sunday January 2nd 2022 at 23:59 UK GMT
The winning song, ‘A Song for the Commonwealth’ was posted on QPJ website, along with the score and instructions for choirs.
Shortlisted and finalist lyricists and composers were celebrated.
All choirs around the world will begin to learn the song, with help and support as necessary from The Commonwealth Resounds.
All choirs will be asked to have learned the song by this time for the purpose of media and promotion.
Thursday June 2nd 2022 at 21:45 Individual time zones
A Song for the Commonwealth will be sung by choirs all over the world to coincide exactly with the lighting of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons in all the 54 countries.