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Jack - A Local Hero Performance

A Spring Concert at Spencer House

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Commonwealth and
Looking forward to the next 75 years, a special event was
Presented by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir,
at Spencer House, London, which was attended
By HRH The Princess Royal.

The concert was performed by members of the
Commonwealth Music Academy Soloists and the Children’s Choir,
Featuring Eric Hui Ti Wang
And Maltese Soprano, Nicola Said.

The concert was presented with the support of
The Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce.

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Jack - A Local Hero Performance

Commonwealth Day 2024

A special event was held at the Memorial Gates
At Hyde Park Corner in London,
On Commonwealth Day 2025 to mark the
75th anniversary of The Commonwealth.

56 children of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir performed,
accompanied by the Band of the Household Cavalry.



Jack - A Local Hero Performance

Commonwealth Day 2024

A special event was held in the Guard Chapel in London
On Commonwealth Day 2025 to mark the
75th anniversary of The Commonwealth.

300 children of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir performed,
accompanied by the Band of the Grenadier Guards.



Jack - A Local Hero Performance

February 2024

The Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir and
Commonwealth Youth Choir were invited to sing
At a Commonwealth Scholarship Commission event
For Commonwealth Scholars at
QEII Conference Centre in Westminster, London.



January 2024

Commonwealth Music Academy Children’s Choir

The Commonwealth Music Academy
Children’s Choir was invited to record
‘Brush My Teeth’ to support a tooth
brushing campaign delivered by C3 Collaborating
for Health and the Commonwealth Nurses
and Midwives Federation with funding from
Colgate as part of Colgate’s Bright Smiles,
Bright Futures programme and their ongoing
commitment to oral health.

Bright Smiles, Bright Futures
Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Colgate Programme Logos

Commonwealth Music Academy Children’s Choir




Jack - A Local Hero

Jack - A Local Hero Performance

Jack - A Local Hero Performance

Commonwealth Music Academy
A New Term Starts

The mission of The Commonwealth Music Academy is:
“Inspire to Aspire”.

500 excited children were so pleased to be singing together
again and taking part in the rehearsals for the performances and
recordings of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir.

The inspirational song “Jack – A Local Hero” is dedicated to
HRH Prince Philip, Lord High Admiral.
It was composed by Paul Carroll with words by Dr Grahame Davies.
A recording of the song was presented by Paul Carroll
to HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace in 2017.

“Jack – A Local Hero” tells the story of Jack Cornwell VC,
a 16-year boy from the East End of
London, who joined the Navy and died at sea in The Battle of Jutland
in 1916. On 16th November 1916, Jack's mother made the long journey
from East London where she lived to Buckingham Palace,
where King George V presented her with her young son's
posthumously awarded Victoria Cross.



“Jack – A Local Hero” words by Dr Grahame Davies
He took the road to seaward
before the break of day.
He left upon the morning tide
when mist was on the bay.
The clouds that hide the heavens
hid his path away.
And with each dawn my heart breaks
for the words we could not say.

They cut the words of comfort
in slate and stone and steel.
They stand through every season
for faith I cannot feel,
for love that soothes no longing,
for hope that does not heal,
and with each night the sorrow
the dark cannot conceal.

I will travel by the road he took
although I travel late,
although they will not carve my name
on steel or stone or slate.
For loving has no limits;
devotion has no date.
I take my way to tell him
the words that had to wait.