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Commonwealth Youth Orchestra Choir at Buckingham Palace
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
Performing at Buckingham Palace for
Her Majesty The Queen,
And Honoured Guests from around
The Commonwealth.



Photo: Crown Copyright © 2020

A Fanfare for The Commonwealth

A new Commonwealth Music recording
released on 10 December 2020,
To mark the Anniversary of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(10 December 1948). The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
has produced the world premiere recording of
A Fanfare for The Commonwealth,
composed by Commonwealth Music Ambassador
and Commonwealth Music Competition 2019
Prize-Winner, Ian B. Wilson.

A Fanfare for The Commonwealth is dedicated to
Her Majesty The Queen, Head of The Commonwealth,
on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the
Establishment of the Modern Commonwealth on 28 April 2019.

In a note from the composer, Ian B. Wilson
wrote about A Fanfare for The Commonwealth:

“One of the overarching principles that the
Commonwealth Music Youth Programme has adopted
to guide its work is to ‘promote the Commonwealth values
of social justice, democracy and human rights
amongst the young people of the Commonwealth.’

Those values provide the rhythmic cells for this fanfare,
permeating the whole piece to reflect the way in which
they underpin everything that we do.”

Ian B. Wilson, Commonwealth Music Ambassador.




In 2012 the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra recorded music from Handel’s “Water Music” which was supported by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, for the occasion of Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, 3 June 2012.


Commonwealth Anthem
Lyrics written by Commonwealth Secretariat
Music composed by Paul Carroll
Arranged by Simon Haw MBE


World Premiere of Cenotaph Requiem
Maestro Paul Carroll, Artistic Director of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir, Commonwealth Orchestra, Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir and Commonwealth Children’s Choir, presented a framed score of The Commonwealth Anthem to Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on Diamond Jubilee Commonwealth Day 2012.



Photo: Crown Copyright © 2020

A New President

The Trustees and Executive are delighted to announce that, as of 17 November 2020, The Marquess of Salisbury is the new President of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir.

Sir Charles Bowman has completed his three-year term as President and has now become President Emeritus of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO).

CYO Director-General Sally Shebe thanked former Lord Mayor of London, Sir Charles Bowman:
“Sir Charles has been wonderfully supportive over these last three years and we are so grateful to him. We look forward to continuing our association with Sir Charles as President Emeritus”.

“CYO had the immense honour of being invited to perform at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in 2018, as part of the Commonwealth Business Forum, and we are very grateful for the support of the Corporation of London in the production of a recording which was presented to all the Heads of Government and guests attending, as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle”.

The Marquess of Salisbury has been a long-time supporter of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir. In 2012 Lord Salisbury was Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation - the organisers of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, a 1,000-boat tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s 60-year reign. One of the largest public events ever held in London, the Pageant took place on The Thames on Sunday 3rd June 2012, sailing from Putney to Tower Bridge.

In 2012 The Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation supported a recording of Handel’s Water Music which was produced by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra to mark this historic event. Some of the recording was used in the short video opposite, showing images of the Pageant and featuring one of twenty painters chosen to paint the event, based on the Millennium bridge over the river Thames.

Her Majesty The Queen is Diamond Jubilee Patron 2012 of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir.

In announcing the new President, Director-General Sally Shebe said:
“We are honoured and delighted that The Marquess of Salisbury has accepted our invitation to be the next President of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir.”

The new President said:
“I am delighted to be continuing my association with the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir and much look forward to many more opportunities to enjoy the wonderful music they make.”

For a full list of Patrons of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir, please click on the link: http://www.commonwealth-music.net/patrons.html