To Be A Friend” a new song launched on Commonwealth Day Monday 12 March 2018

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 at 12 noon, despite torrential rain, “To Be A Friend” was given its world-premiere performance, in Whitehall, London, 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” can be heard here:



”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.

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