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.

The photograph below shows members of the Commonwealth Children's Choir at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, London, on 12th November 2013. 

The children sang the Commonwealth Anthem for the launch of the Commwonweath Youth Orchestra's Biennial Report "Engage-Educate-Empower" and they watched, live-streamed from Colombo in Sri Lanka, the historic, first ever, elections to the first Commonwealth Youth Council.

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.


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