The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir performed for Her Majesty The Queen at The Mansion House in the City of London on 5th June 2012.
On Tuesday 5 June 2012, following the Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, The Soloists of The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Commonwealth Children's Choir performed The Commonwealth Anthem and other celebratory music for Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth at The Mansion House in the City of London.
Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, is Diamond Jubilee Patron 2012 of The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir.
The mission of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir is to “use music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries” by uniting the 54 countries of the Commonwealth through music and as such The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir is the embodiment of the Commonwealth Theme 2012 of “Connecting Cultures”.
On Commonwealth Day 2012 The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir launched a CD “A Celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee” which includes:
Handel’s Water Music
Vivaldi’s Concerto for Strings
Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance
The Commonwealth Anthem
In The Commonwealth Day 2012 Address, Her Majesty The Queen said: “Connecting Cultures, our Commonwealth theme this year, encourages us to consider the special opportunities we have, as members of this unique gathering of nations, to celebrate an extraordinary cultural tapestry”.
The Queen continued to recognise the power of music to connect cultures: “…by sharing the same music with our own personal interpretations and contributions, the wonderful human attribute of imagination is nourished, and we gain insights of understanding and appreciation of others.”
The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir has been established to mark and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the modern Commonwealth, bringing together musicians of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, uniting them in the pursuit of musical excellence whilst transcending all cultural, political, social and economic boundaries. Promoting by example and engagement, values of excellence for the benefit of all people throughout the Commonwealth.
Throughout 2012 The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir performed at many official Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
“A Celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee” is available from The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir by making a minimum donation of £10 online.