World Premiere of Cenotaph Requiem


World Premier of Cenotaph Requiem composed by Commonwealth Music Ambassador Simon Haw MBE.

The CYO’s Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir and the Commonwealth Children’s Choir were honoured to be invited to perform with the State Ceremonial Musicians, the Coldstream Guards Band and the Countess of Wessex String Orchestra, in the world premiere of Cenotaph Requiem by Simon Haw MBE.

This historic performance took place in Westminster as part of the Centenary Commemoration of the Armistice.


Thursday 1 November 2018 - Guards’ Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1
Cenotaph – The Requiem
Dedicated to All Who Served King and Country

Composed and Conducted by: Director of Music Coldstream Guards’ Band, Major Simon Haw MBE

Led By: Senior Chaplain to the Household Division, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Dunwoody

Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra
Coldstream Guards’ Band
Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir
Commonwealth Children’s Choir - directed by Captain Laura Stead

Production Team
Executive Producer: Sally Shebe ARCM
Director-General Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
Research: CSgt Darren Hardy
Film Presentation: Sgt Jake Ellwood and LSgt Paul Johnson
Promotion: Sgt Helen Betteridge
Printed Programme: LSgt Andy Skelton
Artwork: LCpl Alan Henry
Regimental Sergeant Major Household Division Bands, Warrant Officer Class One A J Beckett MBE

The performance was made possible by the kind support of:
Coldstream Guards’ Regimental Charity
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
General Representative of the Government of Flanders
Guards’ Chapel
Guards’ Museum
Mr Raymond Gubbay
Northbank Business Improvement District
Victoria Business Improvement District
Worshipful Company of Grocers