The mission of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra is to “Use music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries”. In October 2011, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir was given the unanimous support of all the Commonwealth Heads of Government. This historic and unique support was listed as one of 30 unanimous agreements in the Final Communiqué of CHOGM 2011. The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir was deeply honoured when Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, became its Diamond Jubilee Patron 2012.
In 2012, as a contribution to the legacy of Her Majesty’s sixty years as Head of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir launched a major pan-Commonwealth initiative, The Commonwealth Music Partnership, which is linking all the choirs, orchestras and music schools in the 53 countries of The Commonwealth, and creating international platforms and opportunities for educational exchange.
On his appointment Lord Marland said: “I am honoured to become President of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir. Director-General Sally Shebe, and her team, have done an outstanding job putting the choir and orchestra at the centre of The Commonwealth and I look forward to playing my part.”
Professor David Rowland, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said of the new appointment, “We are absolutely delighted and hugely privileged that Lord Marland has accepted our invitation to be the third President of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir”.