Her Majesty The Queen, Head of The
Diamond Jubilee Patron 2012, Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
“The Commonwealth has an inspiring way of bringing people together and the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir is a reminder of how truly vibrant this international family is.”
The Queen’s Christmas Message 2017
The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO) is the first, and remains the only, full-time music organisation in the world, which works 24/7, 52 weeks a year, exclusively across 6 continents and throughout all 54 Commonwealth Nations.
In 2011 the CYO received an unique, substantial and unanimous endorsement of its work from all the Commonwealth Heads of Government which they published in an official Commonwealth Communique.
With Her Majesty The Queen, Head of The Commonwealth, as its Diamond Jubilee Patron 2012, the CYO continues to work tirelessly to deliver its mission of “using music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries”, through its three-point plan “Engage-Educate-Empower”, and creating opportunities for engaged diversity in action.
A Song For The Commonwealth
Commonwealth Heads of Government Endorsement
Commonwealth Children's Orchestra & Choir
Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir
Commonwealth Music Education Fund
A unique and historic initiative to mark and celebrate the
Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen in 2022.
A chronology of the creation of the 21st century Commonwealth,
showing its expansion from its establishment as a voluntary organisation
on 28 April 1949, with the eight founding Nations – Australia, Canada, India,
New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom –
to its current 54 member states.
When the eight founding Nations joined together and formed
the ‘Modern Commonwealth’, they invited His Majesty King George VI
to become the first Head of The Commonwealth.
Following the death of King George VI, on 6 February 1952,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the Throne, and the eight
founding Commonwealth Nations invited The Queen to succeed
King George VI, as second Head of The Commonwealth. In 2022 Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II will have been Head of The Commonwealth for 70 years.
On 2 June 2022 the Commonwealth Youth Choir
was honoured to perform at the official
Beacon Lighting at the
Tower of London
To mark and celebrate the
Platinum Jubilee of
Her Majesty The Queen.
Commonwealth Music Council
Commonwealth Music Partnership
Commonwealth Community Heritage
Commonwealth Music Distance Learning
Commonwealth Music Competitions
Commonwealth Music Company