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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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New CYO President announced

The Trustees and Executive are delighted to announce that, as of Tuesday 8th April 2014, Lord Marland of Odstock is the third President of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir. The Trustees and Executive are extremely grateful to the outgoing President, The Rt. Hon the Baroness Prashar of Runnymede, for all her very kind support.

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Choir meeting The Queen October 2013

Launch of Biennial report at Commonwealth Secretariat

"Using music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries."

On Tuesday 12th November 2013, in the week of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir launched it's Biennial Report, 2011-2013, "Engage - Educate - Empower" at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, London.

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Celebrating Youth, Education and the Commonwealth

Celebrating Youth, Education and the Commonwealth

Buckingham Palace, Friday 18th October 2013

The Commonwealth Spokesman, Richard Uku, wrote:

The soft power of the Commonwealth was very much in evidence earlier last month when the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Children’s Choir delivered a sterling performance at Buckingham Palace before HM Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth.

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Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir Diamond Jubilee Performances Highlights February – November 2012

Throughout 2012, the Diamond Jubilee Year of Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir, The Commonwealth Symphony Orchestra and the Commonwealth Children's Orchestra and Choir were honoured and delighted to be invited to perform at numerous historic and celebratory occasions.

At key moments throughout the 12 months of celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee, they were invited many times to perform for
Her Majesty The Queen.

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