Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir

To mark and celebrate in 2019 the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, the CYO has established a new choir: Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir.

Nationals of any of the 56 countries of the Commonwealth who are recipients, both currently and those who are now part of the Alumni, of any of the following Scholarships are eligible to apply to join the Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

The Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships

The Rhodes Scholarships

The first rehearsals of the Commonwealth Scholars Choir started early in 2018 and the choir has now performed many times and has recorded music on seven of CYO’s CDs, which have already been released.

Commonwealth Scholars from across the Commonwealth who have taken part in the recordings very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet and sing with other Commonwealth Scholarship students and they have made appreciative comments afterwards, for example:

“I did enjoy the rehearsing and recording. It was an inspiring programme for me.”

“I enjoyed all the songs we did and I will love to do more.”

“I enjoyed singing in the Commonwealth Scholars Choir. The songs are lovely and well composed. I would definitely love to sing again in this choir!”

Students currently holding Scholarships and the Alumni of the Scholarships, in all areas of study, not necessarily music, are welcome to apply to join the Commonwealth Scholars Choir.

We invite Scholars, past and present, with citizenship of a Commonwealth country who are, or have been, beneficiaries of any of these three scholarships, to complete the application form and email it to

“Engage” from Earth Dance
music by Simon Haw MBE and words by Mahatma Gandhi
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.

Recorded by Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir with
Commonwealth Orchestra and Youth Orchestra
in February 2018.
“Abide With Me” by Monk, arranged by Simon Haw MBE

Recorded by Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir with
Commonwealth Orchestra and Youth Orchestra
in February 2018.

Both tracks were recorded for CYO’s CD “A Song For Malta”
which was made possible with a grant from
Hon Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Joseph Muscat KUOM,
Commonwealth Chair-in-Office (2015 – 2018)
and the Government of Malta


The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir