DIAMOND JUBILEE PATRON 2012
Her Majesty The Queen
Head of the Commonwealth
Maestro Zubin Mehta
Commonwealth Secretary-General The Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC (2016 - )
His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, GCVO - Commonwealth Secretary-General (2008 - 2016)
The Rt. Hon. Sir Don McKinnon, GCVO, ONZ - Commonwealth Secretary-General (2000 - 2008)
Chief Emeka Anyaoku, GCVO, CON - Commonwealth Secretary-General (1990 - 2000)
Sir Shridath Ramphal, GCMG, ONZ, QC - Commonwealth Secretary-General (1975 - 1990)
Dr Joseph Muscat, KUOM, Prime Minister of Malta - Commonwealth Chair-in-Office (2015 - )
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Luce, KG, GCVO
Dame Kiri Kanawa ONZ DBE AC
Alderman Charles Bowman
The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London
COMMONWEALTH HONORARY VICE-PRESIDENTS
Mrs Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba – Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General (2008 – 2014)
Mr Gary Dunn – Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General (2014 – 2016)
HONORARY VICE–PRESIDENTS - COMMONWEALTH HIGH COMMISSIONERS, CONSULS AND ENVOYS
Full list can be seen here
The mission of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir (CYO) is to use music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries, and through its initiatives, programmes and three-point delivery plan “Engage-Educate-Empower”, it brings together communities across the Commonwealth through music, transcending all cultural, political, social and economic boundaries.
Its unique major cross-borders initiative, The Commonwealth Music Partnership – Music for Peace & Development, unites all choirs, orchestras and music schools in the Commonwealth for pan-Commonwealth exchange, collaboration and engagement.
At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth Australia in 2011 the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO) was greatly honoured to receive an unique and unanimous endorsement of its work and achievements from all the Commonwealth Heads of Government.
On International Day of Peace Wednesday 21 September 2016, the CYO launched an important and ground-breaking internet platform which is the CYO’s Commonwealth Music Hub. A new central CYO music hub website and six independent linked CYO satellite websites, to give huge visibility to the CYO’s major programmes for delivering its mission. The Hub Graphic is shown below.
CYO is currently mid-point in its 18-month roll-out of these seven CYO websites and in April 2018 this work will culminate with a full pan-Commonwealth multi-media release.
On Commonwealth Day Monday 12 March 2018, The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir present a new song: “To Be A Friend”.
This special song, “To Be A Friend”, which is dedicated to Her Majesty The Queen, Head of The Commonwealth, has been especially commissioned by The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir to welcome the Commonwealth Heads of Government attending their biennial meeting to be held in London, April 2018.
On Commonwealth Day 2018 “To Be A Friend” was formally given its world-premiere performance, in WhitehallLondon, UK, by 400 members of The Commonwealth Children’s Choir and The Band of the Coldstream Guards, conducted by Major Simon Haw MBE.
”To Be A Friend” - Words and music by Major Simon Haw MBE.
Recorded by 53 members of The Commonwealth Children’s Choir and The Band of the Coldstream Guards, conducted by Major Simon Haw MBE.
This recording was made on 21 February 2018 in the Guards’ Chapel, London SW1, with the kind permission of Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Dunwoody, Senior Chaplain to the Household Division.
Crown copyright ©