Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Head of The Commonwealth (1952 - 2022)
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
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 Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of The Commonwealth (1952 – 2022), 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.
Commonwealth Heads of Government Endorsement
Commonwealth Children's Orchestra & Choir
Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir
Commonwealth Music Education Fund
A unique and historic initiative to mark and celebrate the
Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 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 56 member states.
As part of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in 2022,
Concert Master of the Commonwealth Orchestras,
Eric Hui-Ti Wang, recorded “Green Canopy” composed by
Commonwealth Music Academy Composer-in-Residence,
Simon Haw MBE, and performed the world-premiere
with the Orchestra of the Household Division on
Commonwealth Day 2022.
Green Canopy is a composition in 12 sections,
November – October, written to support
The Queen’s Green Canopy.
Click on the link opposite to listen to
the 10th movement “August’s Crown”.
Commonwealth Music Council
Commonwealth Music Partnership
Commonwealth Community Heritage
Commonwealth Music Distance Learning
Commonwealth Music Competitions
Commonwealth Music Company