International Day of Peace 2021

International Day of Peace 2021

Photo Credit: Chris Lobina

International Day of Peace 21 September 2021
Music for Peace and Development

After 18 months of Covid restrictions preventing
the coming together of choirs and singing together,
with the resulting of all choral music engagement
to online activity, it was with great joy that the
children of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir
were able to reunite physically at the
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir’s
special Commonwealth Music Workshop -
Music for Peace and Development, was presented
to mark International Day of Peace September 2021.

To Be A Friend - Words and Music by Simon Haw MBE
A little boy he wandered by, hot and dusty beneath the dusky sky
He’d come so far, so far to go, far along the road.
The pack he bore was digging deep, right down through his fragile feet,
He bravely strode along his path, so far to travel home.
Children of courage, faithful and true, Of all Nations, our faith’s in you.

A girl beside, she looked at him, said hey my friend, why look so grim?
Be not so sad, I’ll lend a hand, for I am by your side.
Children of courage, faithful and true, Of all Nations, our faith’s in you.

They walked along the long road, Both clinging to the heavy load,
To be a friend, a friend in need, What better path to lead.
Children of courage, faithful and true, Of all Nations, our faith’s in you.

World Oceans Day
Photo Credit: Renee Capozzola
Winner, UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition

8 June 2021
Celebration of World Oceans Day 2021

To mark and celebrate World Oceans Day 2021, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir launched Oceans, a specially commissioned piece of music composed by Simon Haw MBE, recorded by the Commonwealth Orchestra and Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and the Commonwealth Scholar’s Choir.


CYO Logo
Christ's College
Professor David Rowland, Chairman,
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir

Photo Credit: Chris Lobina


La Petite Bande

Christ's College
Photo Credit: Chris Lobina

Friday 14 May 2021
New donation to CYO’s Commonwealth Music Education Fund.

As part of the legacy of Her Majesty The Queen, Head of The Commonwealth, to mark and celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Commonwealth in 2019, the CYO created its Commonwealth Music Education Fund - Inspire to Aspire - to support its work across The Commonwealth through the coming decades.

With no central funding, the CYO has to seek out all its financial support to enable its work.

The CYO is delighted to formally announce the extremely kind support of the company P&O Cruises, which has made an important donation to support CYO’s Commonwealth Music Education Fund.

This significant donation from P&O Cruises will help to support CYO’s ground-breaking initiatives and programmes:

CYO’s Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
Training orchestra and choir – workshops, performance, and recording

CYO’s Commonwealth Orchestra
Creating employment for young Commonwealth musicians

CYO’s Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir
Performance opportunities for tertiary students on Commonwealth Scholarships

CYO’s Commonwealth Children’s Choir
Performance opportunities for primary and secondary schools

CYO’s Commonwealth Music Partnership
Performance opportunities for all Commonwealth musicians and choirs

CYO’s Commonwealth Music Distance Learning
Theoretical and practical tuition freely available on-line across the Commonwealth

CYO’s Commonwealth Music Council
Music composition, curation and creation

CYO’s Commonwealth Music Competitions
Composers, bands and choirs

On 14 May 2021 Professor David Rowland,
Chairman of the Trustees of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir thanked P&O Cruises for the very kind donation:

“The mission of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir is to use music as a means of international dialogue and to create opportunities for engaged diversity.

CYO’s Commonwealth Music Education Programme – Inspire to Aspire – is a ground-breaking initiative which helps young people to develop their ambition and to build self-confidence in what they can achieve.

CYO continues to develop its theme for the 70th Anniversary of The Commonwealth, “To Celebrate the Past and Plan for the Future”, and through its Commonwealth Music Education Fund, opportunities are created by CYO to empower young people.

The CYO is indebted to P&O Cruises for supporting this essential work and for believing in the important work of the CYO.”

With the announcement P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “We feel honoured that we are able to support the music education charity, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir, which through music encourages young people to be the very best they can be. Being able to play a small part in securing the future of the next generation is indeed a privilege.”