Members of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Children’s Choir perform for HM The Queen and distinguished guests at Buckingham Palace
Diamond Jubilee Patron 2012
Her Majesty The Queen
Head of The Commonwealth


The mission of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir is to use music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries.


The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir brings together communities across the Commonwealth through music, transcending cultural, political, social and economic boundaries. It delivers its mission through a three-point plan: “Engage-Educate-Empower” and through its pan-Commonwealth music activities and its unique education initiative - the Commonwealth Music Partnership - which is uniting all the choirs, orchestras and music schools in the Commonwealth for opportunities for exchange and collaboration.


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

A Song For The Commonwealth

words and music by Simon Haw MBE

Performed by 53 members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir and

Musicians of  The Household Division

Recorded and Produced by Abbey Road Studios on 20 May 2016

Images of the Commonwealth Children's Choir and some of

its Commonwealth Music Partners


Dedicated to all the Children of the Commonwealth

To celebrate the 90th Birthday of

Her Majesty The Queen

Head of The Commonwealth


Copyright 2016 The Household Division and

Accredited Commonwealth Organisation

The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir


The Commonwealth is a voluntary organisation of 53 countries

across 6 regions of the globe.


The 21st Century Commonwealth, now in its 67th year,

is building on its dynamic legacy and heritage.

With international engagement and diversity at its core,

and the opportunity to

maximise individual, national and international potential,

it offers the possibility to be a model of

mutual human respect, support and understanding


New President for the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir

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 2 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 extremley 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 boundries 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, repsonded:

"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 Nations."

Commonwealth Member States


HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

and the Commonwealth Secretary-General

meet some of the musicians

of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra

 following their performance on

Commonwealth Day at Marlborough House.


The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra


and Commonwealth Children's Choir

performed the Commonwealth Anthem


for HM The Queen

and the Lord Mayor of London

as part of the official Diamond Jubilee celebrations

on Tuesday 5 June 2012


at the Mansion House, City of London.

Commonwealth Anthem

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