Commonwealth Children's Orchestra & Choir

"Using music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries."

A major part of the mission of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir is to engage with the school-children in all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. 

Music education workshops are taken into schools to inspire children. They are shown what can be achieved by working together with discipline and social cohesion. This youth to youth engagement through music provides opportunities which benefits individual youth development and education in the broadest sense.

As part of the CYO’s Commonwealth Music Workshops, the Commonwealth Children’s Choir are rehearsed by Professor David Rowland, Director of Music at Christ’s College,  Cambridge.



52 members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir were filmed and recorded by Sky News for inclusion in The Queen’s Christmas Message 2017.



This was broadcast on Christmas Day 25 December 2017. Read more about this on our News page.

“To Be A Friend” composed by Simon Haw MBE
Dedicated to HM The Queen on the occasion of the
Meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government in April 2019,
Performed on the arrival of the Heads of Government at
Buckingham Palace.
This track was recorded in February 2019
By 53 members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir
Conducted by Captain Laura Stead
with the Band of the Coldstream Guards
Conducted by Major Simon Haw MBE.

Commonwealth Children’s Orchestra performing at
Lancaster House, London,
In Commonwealth Week, March 2014


As part of the official celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee
Of Her Majesty The Queen, Head of The Commonwealth,
On Tuesday 5 June 2012 members of the Commonwealth Youth
Orchestra and Children’s Choir sang the Commonwealth Anthem
At Mansion House in the City of London.
This was broadcast live across the globe.
© ITV

  • Commonwealth Children's Orchestra & Choir
  • Commonwealth Children's Orchestra & Choir
  • Commonwealth Children's Orchestra & Choir
  • Commonwealth Children's Orchestra & Choir



Members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir
With Commonwealth Youth Orchestra performing
The Commonwealth Anthem for
Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth,
And Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma
On Commonwealth Day 2012 at the
Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, London

Commonwealth Children’s Orchestra performing at St James’s Palace
For Commonwealth Games 2014 performance.