"A Song For The Commonwealth" written by the composer Simon Haw MBE, has been awarded First Prize in the Commonwealth Music Competition 2016 - Music for Peace & Development.
A music video of "A Song For The Commonwealth" , with images of members of the Commonwealth Children's Choir together with some of their Commonwealth Music Partners, can been listened to by following this link.
Having won First Prize, Simon Haw has now become Commonwealth Music Ambassador 2016 - 2018 and over the next 24 months he will be taking part in various music education and performance initiatives involving musicians from across the Commonwealth.
Congratulating Simon Haw on having written such an excellent song for the Commonwealth, Paul Carroll, Artistic Director and Composer-in-Residence of the Commonwealth Orchestras and Choirs, commented:
"Through both the lyrics and music of this song, you have caught the Commonwealth spirit of inclusiveness and respect for diversity. We all very much look forward to our music collaborations across the Commonwealth going forward".
The Chairman of the Commonwealth Music Council and Commonwealth Orchestras and Choirs, Professor David Rowland, said in his congratulatory speech:
"The Commonwealth Childrens' Choir have greatly enjoyed working with you and recording "A Song For The Commonwealth" with the Household Division, and in a very short time you have already fully engaged with them all and we are delighted that we will be working closley with you on some very exciting perfomances in the near future".
On receiving the award, Simon Haw responded:
"I am delighted to hear that "A Song For The Commonwealth" has been awarded First Prize in the Commonwealth Music Competition 2016 and as such will be the featured song for all entrants in both the Commonwealth Band Competition 2017 and the Commonwealth Community Choir Competition 2017. I am very honoured that you have accepted my offer to use the song, without any cost, in support of the Commonwealth Orchestras' and Choirs' mission to use music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries."
MAJOR SIMON HAW MBE
Major Simon Haw MBE is currently the Director of Music of the Band of the Coldstream Guards. He joined the Band of the Welsh Guards in 1988 as trumpet player and later became its Staff Arranger, he graduated from the Royal Military School of Music and was awarded the Medal for the Best All Round Student Bandmaster of the Year.
Simon has been Bandmaster of the Band of the Prince of Wales's Division, Director of Music of the Band of the Scots Guards and of The Queen's Division.
Primarily engaged as a conductor, Simon is a distinguished composer and music arranger in a wide range of genres.
Commonwealth Music Competitions are open to all Commonwealth Citizens.
The schedule of Commonwealth Competitions is as follows:
2014 Commonwealth Music Competition 2014
Winner - Natasha Senanayake
2015 Commonwealth Community Choir Competition 2015
Winner - Port Harcourt Male Ensemble
2016 Commonwealth Music Competition 2016
Winner - Simon Haw MBE
2017 Commonwealth Band Competition 2017
Commonwealth Children’s Choir Competition 2017
Winners will be announced on Commonwealth Day 12 March 2018
2019 Commonwealth Community Choir Competition 2019
Commonwealth Children’s Choir Competition 2019
2020 Commonwealth Band Competition 2020
Commonwealth Children’s Choir Competition 2020
2021 Commonwealth Music Competition 2021
Commonwealth Children’s Choir Competition 2021
2022 Commonwealth Community Choir Competition 2022
Commonwealth Children’s Choir Competition 2022
2023 Commonwealth Band Competition 2023
Commonwealth Children’s Choir Competition 2023
2024 Commonwealth Music Competition 2024
Commonwealth Children’s Choir Competition 2024
For further information and application information follow the link: