Autumn 2011 Newsletter

In December 2011 at an event held by the Commonwealth Parliament Association at the House of Lords , the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra made Palace of Westminster history by being the first musicians to perform in the Robing Room.

In November 2011 the Institute of Directors invited The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra Soloists to perform for the IoD Annual Dinner in London. In an unqiue collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the IoD sponsored the third CD of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir. The CD was launched at the event and each of the 800 guests received a CD.

Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Junior Choir recording the
Commonwealth Anthem at Abbey Road Studios

In October 2011, at The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia, The Heads of Government adopted, without reservation, the following statement:
"Heads of Government should welcome the creation of The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra."

This unique statement of suupport by 53 Heads of Government gives The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir a truly pan-Commonwealth endorsement at the very highest level.

On 31 October 2011 an ensemble from the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir performed at the Asian Business Leaders Awards Dinner to honour Mr Ratan Tata at The Banqueting House, in Whitehall.

In September 2011 an ensemble from the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra played for the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association event marking the launch of a report about the furture of the BBC World Service co-written by the journalist John McCarthy.

In early September 2011 the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra particpated in an event during the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's Youth Parliament Week, which was attended by Lord Speaker, Baroness d'Souza, Baroness Hooper, Deputy Secretary General Mrs Masire-Mwamba and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

In July 2011 the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra helped to celebrate the centenary of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

A Sri Lankan pianist played in The Speaker's House in the Palace of Westminster and she had the great honour of meeting the Speaker from the Government of Sri Lanka.

She also was photographed with Lord Howell , The British Minister of State for the Commonwealth.

On the following evening an ensemble of Soloists of the Commmonwealth Youth Orchestra played for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at the Palace of Westminster in the Royal Gallery of the House of Lords. Senior Parliamentarians from all over the Commonwealth attended the event.