Mrs Kerry Sanderson, Agent General for the Government of Western Australia and Special Advisor to the Commonwealth Business Council described Perth for us:
"The venue for CHOGM 2011 and the Commonwealth Business Forum 2011 is Perth, which is the beautiful and vibrant capital city of Western Australia. Western Australia is blessed with extraordinary mineral and energy resources, producing 21% of the world’s iron ore and 15% of the world’s alumina for example, and is the source of 66 per cent of Australia’s exports to China. Visit Western Australia to experience not only a vibrantly expanding economy, fuelled by China’s demand for commodities, but also to experience extraordinary landscapes, culture, adventure and food including the wonderful Margaret River region and its world famous wines."
The Commonwealth Business Forum 2011 highlighted new global economic partnerships for trade and investment in key sectors across the Commonwealth and beyond. The CBF, as an unique gathering of business leaders from developed and emerging markets, focused on building the new economic and financial architecture in the global economy and insure that it is inclusive and beneficial to all. This important business meeting presented a useful platform for fostering such partnerships and new relationships.
The Commonwealth Business Council is proud and delighted to have supported the recording made by The Soloists of The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra of Paul Carroll's Concerto for Strings & Piano No.1 to celebrate and mark the Commonwealth Business Forum 2011 and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM, in Perth 2011.
On 15 March 2011 The Commonwealth Business Council launched the Commonwealth Business Forum 2011 at the Australian High Commission in London. The launch was hosted by Deputy High Commissioner Mr Adam McCarthy.
At the same time the Commonwealth Business Council launched the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra CD in recognition of CHOGM Perth 2011 and the Commonwealth Business Forum 2011.
The Soloists of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra performed at the event which was held in the magnicent Grand Salon.[ For Harry Potter fans, this Grand Salon was used for scenes in the film and the soundtrack to the film was recorded at Abbey Road Stuios, as was the Commonwealth Business Council - Commonwealth Youth Orchestra CD]. The Soloists of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra recording was made in Abbey Road Studios, London on 14 February 2011 and it features several major prize-winners of the celebrated international music competition of the Royal Over-Seas League.
For 60 years the Royal Over-Seas League music competition has been the pre-eminent music competition for young emerging soloists in the Commonwealth.