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A Celebration of the Sapphire Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen & Jack A Local Hero Dedicated to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

A Celebration of the Sapphire Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen & Jack A Local Hero Dedicated to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

In June 2017 to mark and celebrate the Sapphire Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, 65 years as Head of The Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Children’s Choir in collaboration with the Ceremonial State Musicians of the Household Division, have produced two musical tributes - one for Her Majesty The Queen and the other for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, as an act of thanks for their 65 years of service to The Commonwealth.



Commonwealth Day 13 March 2017

To mark and celebrate Commonwealth Day 2017 and the Sapphire Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, 65 years as Head of the Commonwealth,“A Song For The Commonwealth” words and music by Major Simon Haw MBE was performed by 600 members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir and Coldstream Guards Band, Conducted by Director of Music Major Simon Haw MBE – Commonwealth Music Ambassador (2016 – 2018)

The Coldstream Guards Band performed by kind permission of Major General B J Bathurst CBE, The Major General Commanding The Household Division.

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International Day of Peace, Wednesday 21 September 2016

Two Commonwealth Music Competitions are launched by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir to mark and celebrate International Day of Peace 2016:

• Commonwealth Community Choir Competition 2016 – Music for Peace & Development

• Commonwealth Children’s Choir Competition 2016 – Music for Peace & Development

For more information please visit: www.commonwealth-music-competitions.net



Celebration of 90th Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen

"A Song For The Commonwealth", words and music by Commonwealth Music Ambassador Simon Haw MBE.

Performed by 53 members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir and Musicians of The Household Division.

Recorded and Produced by Abbey Road Studios on 20 May 2016.

Dedicated to all the Children of the Commonwealth

To celebrate the 90th Birthday of
Her Majesty The Queen
Head of The Commonwealth

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New President for the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
18th May 2016

The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir, together with all its Commonwealth Orchestras and Choirs, Commonwealth Music Partners and Commonwealth Music Council, are honoured and delighted to announce that as of Wednesday 18th May 2016 it will have a new President.

The Lord Marland of Odstock, having completed his two-year term as President, now steps down fromthat role. The Trustees and Executive are most grateful to Lord Marland for his support and enthusiasm over the last two years.

The new President is His Highness Prince Albert Esiri.

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Commonwealth Week Gala Event
15th March 2016

Commonwealth Secretary-General The Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland QC takes up the baton from former Commonwealth Secretary General HE Kamalesh Sharma, to build on his legacy of support for the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir and its associated Commonwealth Music Partnerships and Commonwealth Music Council.

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International Day of Peace
21st September 2015

Members of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir marked and celebrated International Day of Peace 2015 with the launch of its major new initiative “Commonwealth Community Heritage” Convening the Constituency of the Commonwealth on a Path to Peace

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The Castle Of Mey CD

The Castle of Mey CD is Launched at Marlborough House
23rd June 2015

On Monday 22 June 2015 The Castle of Mey CD was launched at Marlborough House in London. The CD features the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Commonwealth Children’s Choir conducted by Paul Carroll with violin virtuoso Hui-Ti Wang and Maltese soprano Nicola said.

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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.

Commonwealth Week 2015

Commonwealth Week is always a high point in the year of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir and in 2015 the young musicians took part in a packed schedule of events and workshops.

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His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma Commonwealth Secretary–General with members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir

Human Rights Day 2014

His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma Commonwealth Secretary–General
with members of The Commonwealth Children’s Choir at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London,
celebrating Human Rights Day on Wednesday 10 December 2014.



Lord Marland of Odstock, President and Maestro Paul Carroll, Artistic Director and Composer-in-Residence, with The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and The Commonwealth Children’s Orchestra & Choir

Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 - Queen’s Baton Relay Project

Commonwealth Week is always a high point in the year of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir and in 2015 the young musicians took part in a packed schedule of events and workshops.

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