Spring Newsletter 2011


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

Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir Celebrate Commonwealth Week 2011

10 March 2011
The Commonwealth Youth Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat hosted a Showcase of the Soloists of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir at Marlborough House.

The evening opened with a performance of the Commonwealth Anthem sung by the Junior Choir of 30 children, with Commonwealth heritage.

Launched at the event was a recording of the Soloists of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra which was generously sponsored by the Commonwealth Youth Division.



13 March 2011
Another ensemble from the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra played for the High Commissioners’ Banquet at the Royal Commonwealth Society.

14 March 2011 Commonwealth Day
An all-female group of Soloists from the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra performed at the Commonwealth Secretariat. The all-female line-up reflected the Commonwealth Theme 2011, “Women, Agents of Change”.

The reception was hosted by Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, was The Guest of Honour. The Queen showed great appreciation of the performance of the Commonwealth Anthem performed by the Soloists of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra.



15 March 2011
The Commonwealth Business Council hosted an event, with the Government of Western Australia, at the Australian High Commission in London.

This was the launch of the Commonwealth Business Forum in Perth, Australia, as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October 2011.

Another group of Soloists from the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra were invited to perform at the reception and on that occasion a second CD of the Soloists of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, which had been generously sponsored by the Commonwealth Business Council, was launched.



The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir is delighted to have established close partnerships with the Commonwealth Youth Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Commonwealth Business Council and the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL). The ROSL has, for 59 years, held a very prestigious music competition for musicians of the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir has established a programme which involves the Prize-Winners of the ROSL Music Competition as featured artists in its performances and recordings.

On1 February 2011, the ROSL hosted a Showcase of the Soloists of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra in its Princess Alexandra Hall.

The photo below shows a recording session of the Soloists of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London. This world-famous studio is perhaps best known for its association with The Beatles, but many other famous recordings, such as the sound tracks for Star Wars and the Harry Potter films, were also recorded there.