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Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir

Using music as a means of international dialogue and creating opportunities for engaged diversity.

Her Majesty The Queen, Head of The Commonwealth
Diamond Jubilee Patron 2012, Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir

“The Commonwealth has an inspiring way of bringing people together and the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir is a reminder of how truly vibrant this international family is.”
The Queen’s Christmas Message 2017



Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir

The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO) is the first, and remains the only, full-time music organisation in the world, which works 24/7, 52 weeks a year, exclusively across 6 continents and throughout all 56 Commonwealth Nations.

In 2011 the CYO received an unique, substantial and unanimous endorsement of its work from all the Commonwealth Heads of Government which they published in an official Commonwealth Communique.

With Her Majesty The Queen, Head of The Commonwealth, as its Diamond Jubilee Patron 2012, the CYO continues to work tirelessly to deliver its mission of “using music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries”, through its three-point plan “Engage-Educate-Empower”, and creating opportunities for engaged diversity in action.

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In 2012 the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra recorded music
from Handel’s “Water Music” which was supported by
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation,
for the occasion of Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, 3 June 2012.


Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace
Attending a Concert for 350 distinguished guests
from across The Commonwealth,
Performed by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir.

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Zadok The Priest composed by Georg Frideric Handel


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Members of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
recording music, conducted by its Artistic Director Maestro Paul Carroll,
for the broadcast of the 2017 Christmas Message of Her Majesty The Queen.


The Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen


On Monday 7 February 2022 at 12 noon,
To mark and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,
Head of The Commonwealth,
The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO)
announced the launch of
The Commonwealth Music Academy.

On Commonwealth Day, 14 March 2022 at 12 noon,
The Commonwealth Music Academy launched
A Guild of Commonwealth Composers,
which is commissioning
Music Composers in all 54 countries of The Commonwealth
to create music compositions which will be performed and recorded by
The Commonwealth Music Academy Recording Faculty.

On Commonwealth Anniversary Day, 28 April 2022 at 12 noon,
The Guild of Commonwealth Composers released
a set of 6 new recordings and new music commissions
to mark and celebrate the
Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.

These new Platinum Jubilee compositions can be listened to by clicking here.

The Commonwealth Music Academy
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Commonwealth Music Academy
Commonwealth Music Academy

A Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen
Presented on Commonwealth Day, Monday 14 March 2022
Horse Guards Parade, London.



The Queen and The Commonwealth
A Commonwealth Chronology

A unique and historic initiative to mark and celebrate the
Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen in 2022.

A chronology of the creation of the 21st century Commonwealth,
showing its expansion from its establishment as a voluntary organisation
on 28 April 1949, with the eight founding Nations – Australia, Canada, India,
New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom –
to its current 54 member states.

When the eight founding Nations joined together and formed
the ‘Modern Commonwealth’, they invited His Majesty King George VI
to become the first Head of The Commonwealth.

Following the death of King George VI, on 6 February 1952,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the Throne, and the eight
founding Commonwealth Nations invited The Queen to succeed
King George VI, as second Head of The Commonwealth. In 2022 Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II will have been Head of The Commonwealth for 70 years.


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Horse Guards Parade

To mark and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee
of Her Majesty The Queen, 160 members of
the Commonwealth Youth Choir were invited
to perform “A Song For The Commonwealth”
with the Massed Bands of the Household Division,
at “The Queen and The Commonwealth”,
a musical spectacular on Horse Guards Parade,
on 5,6,7 July 2022, in the presence of
HRH The Duke of Kent and an audience of 10,000.




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Photo Credit: © City of London Corporation

14 July 2022
Guildhall, City of London

To mark and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of
Her Majesty The Queen,
the City of London Corporation
hosted a concert at Guildhall in
the City of London, performed by the
Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir and
Commonwealth Youth Choir with
the Band of the Coldstream Guards,
conducted by Major Stewart Halliday.

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