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.”