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“Beyond Boundaries” a concert presented by
The Nehru Centre, London, with The Commonwealth Music Academy.

The Nehru Centre is the cultural outreach of The High Commission of India in UK. It is among the most active of India’s cultural centres abroad and has, over the years, emerged as a premier institution engaged in India’s cultural interface with U.K. The Centre serves as a platform for Indian culture in the broadest sense, focussing on the role played both by British and Indian artists & scholars in promoting greater cultural understanding, acting as a catalyst and facilitator in promoting interaction among cultural bodies in the two countries.

Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.

On Tuesday 22 November 2022, The Nehru Centre with The Commonwealth Music Academy presented a concert “Beyond Boundaries” as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav performed by musicians of The Commonwealth Music Academy and Indian musicians based in India and UK.

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Commonwealth Day 2014
Marlborough House


Mist on the Lake in St James’s Park
Composed by Paul Carroll.
Solo Violin Eric Hui-Ti Wang
With Commonwealth Youth Orchestra



Queen Commonwealth Games message

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A Song For The Commonwealth
Composed by Simon Haw MBE
Recorded by the Commonwealth Youth Choir
And the Band of the Welsh Guards,
Conducted by Michael McGowan,
In March 2022

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Birmingham

The Queen’s Baton Relay

A Baton carrying Her Majesty The Queen's
message to The Commonwealth
began its journey on 7 October 2021 to the
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
with a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen's message was read aloud
at the Opening Ceremony of the
Commonwealth Games 2022 Birmingham,
but first, it travelled to
72 Commonwealth territories and nations,
connecting communities over 90,000 miles.

The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
Is honoured to have had its recording of
“A Song For The Commonwealth”,
composed by Simon Haw MBE,
used to accompany the official post of
The Queen writing Her Majesty’s message.


Commonwealth Youth Choir
The Queen's Baton Relay Route


Commonwealth Youth Choir
Photo credit:© City of London Corporation


Commonwealth Youth Choir
Photo credit:© City of London Corporation

Guildhall, City of London

On Thursday 14 July 2022
to mark and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of
Her Majesty The Queen,
the City of London Corporation
hosted a concert at Guildhall in
the City of London, performed by the
Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir and
Commonwealth Youth Choir with
the Band of the Coldstream Guards,
conducted by Major Stewart Halliday.

The music programme included:
“The Platinum Jubilee Anthem” - Simon Haw MBE
“April’s Song” from “Green Canopy” - Simon Haw MBE
“Beacon of Brightest Light” - Debbie Wiseman OBE
“Respect” from “Earth Dance” - Simon Haw MBE
“Song for The Commonwealth” - Simon Haw MBE
“The Commonwealth Anthem” - Paul Carroll arr. Hallatt

Remarks were given by:

Alderman and Sheriff Nicholas Lyons,
The Lord Mayor Locum Tenens

Stephen Twigg - Secretary-General,
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Lieutenant Colonel Simon Haw MBE,
Commanding Office Bands of the Household Division

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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022


Platinum Jubilee Celebration

Horse Guards Parade

To mark and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee
of Her Majesty The Queen, 160 members of
the Commonwealth Youth Choir were invited
to perform “A Song For The Commonwealth”
with the Massed Bands of the Household Division,
at “The Queen and The Commonwealth”,
a musical spectacular on Horse Guards Parade,
on 5,6,7 July 2022, in the presence of
HRH The Duke of Kent and an audience of 10,000.

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Platinum Jubilee Celebration

Live on ITV
Tower of London
Thursday 2 June 2022

Tower of London

On 2 June 2022 the Commonwealth Youth Choir
was honoured to perform at the official
Beacon Lighting at the
Tower of London
To mark and celebrate the
Platinum Jubilee of
Her Majesty The Queen.




Platinum Jubilee Celebration

Live on ITV
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Live on ITV
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Royal Windsor Horse Show

On Sunday 15 May 2022 the opening event
of the official celebrations of
Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
was held in the grounds of Windsor Castle,
in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen.

The Commonwealth Youth Choir was
honoured to be invited to perform the
opening song, “Sing”, composed by
Gary Barlow and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber,
with vocalist Keala Settle and the 70-piece
Tri-Service Symphonic Orchestra.

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Green Canopy CD

Guards Chapel
Monday 14 March
Commonwealth Day 2022
World premiere performance of
Green Canopy with solo violin
Eric Wang and
The Orchestra of the
Household Division

Green Canopy
Composed by Simon Haw MBE


A new composition to mark and celebrate
The Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen

The world-premiere recording of Green Canopy
was made in January 2022,
performed by Commonwealth Orchestra Concert Master
solo violinist Eric Hui-Ti Wang with
The Orchestra of the Household Division.

Together they performed the world-premiere performance
Green Canopy on Commonwealth Day 14 March 2022
and the recording was released in Commonwealth Week
March 2022, in the year of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Green Canopy has been developed in close artist collaboration with
Sally Shebe, Director-General of Commonwealth Music
and is support of The Queen’s Green Canopy

To listen to this world-premiere recording of Green Canopy
Click here



Commonwealth Music Academy

Commonwealth Music Academy
Central Band of the
Roya British legion
Conducted by
David Cole OBE MVO

"Vivat Regina" - A concert to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen


On Saturday 23 April 2022 at Salisbury Cathedral
the Commonwealth Youth Choir performed,
with the Central Band of the Royal British Legion,
conducted by David Cole OBE, MVO, in
“Vivat Regina”, a special concert to mark and celebrate
the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.

The programme of music, performed to a capacity audience
in the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, was a magnificent tribute
to Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion, in 2022,
of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

Included in the programme of music, was a
world-premiere performance of the
Platinum Jubilee Anthem, “In Our Service”,
composed by Thomas Hewitt Jones, which was
commissioned by The Royal School of Church Music.

As a member of the Guild of Commonwealth Composers,
the music compositions of Thomas Hewitt Jones will be
featured, performed and recorded by
the Commonwealth Orchestras and Choirs.



Commonwealth Music Academy
Commonwealth Music Academy

A Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen
Presented on Commonwealth Day, Monday 14 March 2022
Horse Guards Parade, London.

The Commonwealth Music Academy


On Monday 7 February 2022 at 12 noon,
To mark and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,
Head of The Commonwealth,
The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO)
announced the launch of
The Commonwealth Music Academy.

On Commonwealth Day, 14 March 2022
The Commonwealth Music Academy launched
A Guild of Commonwealth Composers,
which is commissioning
Music Composers in all 54 countries of The Commonwealth
To create music compositions which will be performed and recorded by
The Commonwealth Music Academy Recording Faculty.

On Commonwealth Anniversary Day, 28 April 2022
The Commonwealth Guild of Composers released
a set of 6 new recordings and new music commissions
to mark and celebrate the
Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.

These new tracks can be listened to by clicking here.



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Horse Guards Parade


Her Majesty The Queen
A Commemorative Gift for
Her Majesty The Queen,
Diamond Jubilee Patron 2012,
of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir,
presented by its Artistic Director, Maestro Paul Carroll,
of the Commonwealth Anthem, with lyrics set
by the Commonwealth Secretariat, of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948.

Photo: Crown Copyright © 2020

On Monday 7 February 2022 at 12 noon,
To mark and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,
Head of The Commonwealth,
The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
is delighted to announce the launch of
The Commonwealth Music Academy.


Her Majesty The Queen


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Queen Elizabeth II by Bernard Safran
CREDIT:
Queen Elizabeth II by Bernard Safran / Acrylic on Masonite, 1959 /
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution;
gift of Time magazine / © Estate of Bernard Safran


A Song For The Commonwealth
composed by Simon Haw MBE,
performed by
the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
and State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division.

A Song For The Commonwealth.

The Queen and The Commonwealth
A Commonwealth Chronology.

On 20 October 2021 an unique and historic initiative
has been launched at Cambridge University
to mark and celebrate the
Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen in 2022.

“The Queen and The Commonwealth,
A Commonwealth Chronology” is being presented by
the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
and the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division,
In collaboration with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

A programme which will Illustrate the chronology of the
creation of the 21st century Commonwealth, showing its
expansion from its establishment as a voluntary organisation
on 28 April 1949, with the eight founding Nations - Australia,
Canada, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka
and the United Kingdom - to its current 54 member states.

When the eight founding Nations joined together and formed the
‘Modern Commonwealth’, they invited His Majesty King George VI
to become the first Head of The Commonwealth.
Following the death of King George VI, on 6 February 1952,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the Throne,
and the eight founding Commonwealth Nations invited The Queen
to succeed King George VI, as second Head of The Commonwealth.

In 2022 Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II will have been
Head of The Commonwealth for 70 years.

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