To Celebrate the Past and Plan for the Future


A new song, Believe, words and music by Simon Haw MBE, was world-premiered by 500 children of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir on Commonwealth Day 2019.

Believe is dedicated to Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, on the occasion of Commonwealth Day 2019 and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of The Commonwealth in 1949. Believe has been gifted by the composer to the children of The Commonwealth.

Believe is a song written for all children of the Commonwealth, inspiring them to aspire to greatness in whatever path in life they wish to take. Its central message is that from wherever a child starts in life, with a little help, opportunity and encouragement and through their own sheer determination to succeed, anything is possible - you just have to believe.

Believe was recorded at Abbey Road, Studio 2, on 17 January 2019, by members of the Commonwealth Orchestra and Youth Orchestra, Commonwealth Children’s Choir, Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir, featuring Mica Paris and conducted by Simon Haw MBE.



Believe is being released as a charity single to raise funds for CYO’s Commonwealth Music Education Fund.

From 12 midnight local time on Thursday 25 April 2019 the track will be available to download online from music platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube etc.



Believe, words and music by Simon Haw MBE

Run seek and find who you are.
Run seek and find who you are.
There’s no-thing you can’t do
believe it could be you.
There’s nothing you can’t do
believe it can be you.
From the shoreline to the mountains,
from the foothills to the top;
from the vast horizon calling,
calling you to never stop.
You must search your deep ambition,
you must summon all you may,
your life’s great-ness lies before you,
And before you lies the way.

Run, seek, find who you are;
there’s nothing you can’t do,
believe it could be you.
Follow your dreams don’t give up.
Follow your dreams don’t give up.
It’s time to find out how,
your life’s before you now.
It’s time to find out how,
your life’s be-fore you now.
From the smallest seed grows great-ness,
it don’t matter where you start;
your long journey is a calling,
calling you to make your mark.
You must search your deep ambition,
you must summon all you may,
your life’s greatness lies before you
And before you lies the way.