In Unity CD – April 2018
To mark the occasion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting London 2018 the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir launched a third new recording.
At Cadogan Hall, London, on Monday 23 April 2018, to mark the occasion of the 2018 Biennial Meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government in London, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir launched the third CD of its trilogy of non-commercial recordings made with the ceremonial state Band of the Coldstream Guards conducted by Major Simon Haw MBE.
This CD is called In Unity and it is dedicated to Prince Harry on his taking up his new role, on 16 April 2018, of Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.
To launch In Unity, 53 members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir sang “To Be A Friend” accompanied by the Band of the Coldstream Guards, conducted by Major Simon Haw MBE.
This specially composed song, “To Be A Friend”, was performed at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 19 April 2018 to welcome the Commonwealth Heads of Government on their arrival at the Opening Ceremony of their Biennial Meeting, which was formally opened by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of The Commonwealth.
Also included on In Unity CD is a special orchestral and choral work, Earth Dance – A Commonwealth Cantata in Six Parts composed by Simon Haw, which was commissioned by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir as a musical manifestation of the core values of the 21st century Commonwealth.