New President for the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
18th May 2016


The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir, together with all its Commonwealth Orchestras and Choirs, Commonwealth Music Partners and Commonwealth Music Council, are honoured and delighted to announce that as of Wednesday 18th May 2016 it will have a new President.

The Lord Marland of Odstock, having completed his two-year term as President, now steps down fromthat role. The Trustees and Executive are most grateful to Lord Marland for his support and enthusiasm over the last two years.

The new President is His Highness Prince Albert Esiri.

Chairman of the Trustees, Professor David Rowland, commented on the new appointment: "We are all extremely pleased that Prince Albert is to be our new President and we very much look forward to this assosication".

Director-General, Sally Shebe echoed these thanks to Prince Albert and commented "Of all 6 Commonwealth regions, the African continent has the largest number of member nations in the Commonwealth, and we are extremely excited about capitalising on the outstanding talents and potential of the African Commonwealth citizens, and with the interaction with the whole Commonwealth Diaspora across all the Commonwealth Nations. Our Mission is to use music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries and our inclusive education programmes, delivered through our three point plan, 'Engage-Educate-Empower', is at the centre of all we do".

New President, Prince Albert Esiri, responded:

"There is no doubt that the Arts and Music inparticular, have been in the forefront of reflecting the moods of our times.

A universal language that transforms and uplifts.

Its 'soft power' can unite, attract and engage people of diverse cultures, such as the Commonwealt of Nations."