Commonwealth Week 2015

Monday 9th March 2015 – Commonwealth Day
At 10am the Commonwealth Children’s Choir performed at Westminster City Hall for the Commonwealth Flag Raising Ceremony for the Lord Mayor of Westminster.

At the same time, across the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir’s recording of the Commonwealth Anthem was played at many hundreds of Commonwealth Flag Raising Ceremonies.

In the evening, members of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra played for the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Commonwealth Day Reception which was attended by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

Tuesday 10th March 2015
Members of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra played for the Commonwealth Youth Awards 2015 which were held in the presence of the Commonwealth Secretary-General at the Royal Over-Seas League.

In the evening, members of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra were invited to play for the Royal Commonwealth Society’s High Commissioners’ Banquet at St James’s Palace, which was attended by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Wednesday 11th March 2015
The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra presented a Commonwealth Gala Event at Marlborough House to mark and celebrate Commonwealth Week and the Commonwealth Theme 2015, ‘A Young Commonwealth’.

Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj represented the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who had been called away for a meeting with Commonwealth Foreign Ministers, gave the Opening Remarks and Lord Marland, President, Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, gave the Closing Remarks.

The Commonwealth Gala Event was attended by honoured guests from across the Commonwealth and included HE The President of Malta and many of the High Commissioners to the Court of St James’s.


HE The President of Malta makes a presentation to the young composer, Natasha Senanayake, from Colombo, Sri Lanka, who is the Winner of the Commonwealth Music Competition 2014.