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Prince Philip
Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh,
with Commonwealth Secretary –General Kamalesh Sharma
at Marlborough House, engaging with some musicians of the
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra.

Photo: Crown copyright ©

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
1921-2021

The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
is deeply saddened by the death of
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Over many years the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
has been honoured to have had the opportunity to perform
on numerous occasions for The Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness always took a great deal of interest in engaging
with all the instrumentalists and singers of the
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
and he made a long-lasting impression on them all.

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Music by Simon Haw MBE

© Commonwealth Music International

Rangers Alert

The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir through its
Commonwealth Conservation Network and collaboration
With Zambesia Conservation Association in
Central-Southern Africa, are delighted to launch a new
Initiative in Commonwealth Week 2021 which is
Rangers Alert Campaign.

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Members of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra
And Commonwealth Children’s Choir performing
The Commonwealth Anthem for
Her Majesty The Queen
At Mansion House, City of London.


© ITV

8 March 2021

Happy Commonwealth Day.
Sending our very best wishes to all our
Patrons, supporters and
Commonwealth Music Partners across the
54 Nations of The Commonwealth


“Zambesia”
Music composed by Simon Haw MBE
Video by Shaun McMinn

Executive Producer: Sally Shebe
Assistant producer: Jake Ellwood


© Commonwealth Music International
Zambesia Conservation Alliance

A New Collaboration With The Zambesia Conservation Alliance (ZCA)

On 10 February 2021 Commonwealth Music International and the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra (CYO) are delighted to announce a new collaboration with the Zambesia Conservation Alliance (ZCA) and are using music to support its vital conservation work in the Zambesia Region with especially composed and performed soundtracks.

To launch this new collaboration Commonwealth Music International and the CYO has commissioned its Composer-in-Residence, Simon Haw MBE, to compose music as a main theme to support the ZCA and this score has been produced and combined with the stunning videography of Shaun McMinn. The world premiere release of Zambesia is shown opposite.

"Zambesia” is a pre-colonial term for an area referred to by 19th century explorers in their memoirs. It is a region located in the central-southern part of Africa, stretching coast-to-coast across seven countries from Namibia in the west to Mozambique in the east. It broadly covers the drainage basin of the Zambezi river. This life giving water reservoir gives rise to a biogeographically distinct zone called the Zambezian Region that houses more than a dozen of the world's most significant eco-regions.

The Zambesia region includes: Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The Zambesia Conservation Alliance (ZCA) was formed in 2020 to bring together effective frontline conservation efforts to combat the loss of natural habitat and its wildlife in the Zambesia region."

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