Commonwealth Music Partnership

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

A crucial part of the Mission of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir is to create tangible opportunities for nationals of Commonwealth countries, both within their country of origin and also when they migrate and take up a new national citizenship in a different Commonwealth country.

The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir is committed to working very closely with the Commonwealth diaspora in all 6 regions of the Commonwealth to support the integration of Commonwealth nationals in a new country, whilst maintaining strong links with the country of Commonwealth heritage.

To support this Pan-Commonwealth Mission, in May 2012, and to mark and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir, inspired by The Commonwealth 2012 theme "Connecting Cultures" and in association with the Commonwealth Secretariat's Commonwealth Youth Programme, launched the Commonwealth Music Partnership. 

This unique partnership is linking up every choir, orchestra and music school in all the 6 regions and in all 53 countries of the Commonwealth and is providing opportunities for international engagement and exchange. 

The Commonwealth Symphony Orchestra
In the Commonwealth Day 2012 address, Her Majesty The Queen said: "Connecting Cultures, our Commonwealth theme this year, encourages us to consider the special opportunities we have, as members of this unique gathering of nations, to celebrate an extraordinary cultural tapestry". 

The Queen continued to recognise the power of music to connect cultures: " sharing the same music with our own personal interpretations and contributions, the wonderful human attribute of imagination is nourished, and we gain insights of understanding and appreciation of others."



Australia - Gold Coast Youth Orchestra


The mission of the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra (GCYO) is to provide a broad range of orchestral and band experiences to complement and enhance the ensemble offerings young musicians receive in schools. Via two Big Bands, one String Orchestra and two full Symphonies, we believe the GCYO offers a unique experience for musicians; an offering not readily duplicated in schools. The GCYO is committed to providing a hospitable and enjoyable environment.



Bahamas - National Youth Choir

The Bahamas National Youth Choir was formed in 1983. Through the medium of the arts,it provides opportunities for self-growth, development and training as it continues to create responsible and confident citizens whilst building an enduring national cultural institution.



Bahamas Music Conservatory

The Mission of the Bahamas Music Conservatory is to provide high quality, low cost musical, instrumental and orchestral training in a family oriented setting. This small country has a wealth of musical talent but presently has no professional orchestra to inspire and support the development of an orchestral tradition.  The BMC is striving to provide this opportunity to future generations.


Botswana - Sedibeng Choral Society

Sedibeng Choral Society is a 25 member group. The choir sings in both Western and African style. The Western repertoire includes Vivaldi's Gloria, Haydn's Creation, Beethoven's Choral Symphony and his Choral Fantasy, John Rutter's Feel The Spirit.


Canada - The National Youth Orchestra

The National Youth Orchestra Canada is an internationally recognized pre-professional training institute dedicated to identifying and training Canada's most promising young orchestral musicians between the ages of 16 and 28. Today, more than 40% of Canada's professional orchestral musicians are graduates of the NYOC, and more than 4,800 Canadian musicians have received its training. This impressive record has contributed to the NYOC's international reputation as one of the most highly respected training institutes in the world.



Cyprus - Allegro Music School

The Allegro Music School was established in Larnaca, Cyprus in 1994 and follows the program of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) which is the leading international examining body for music.




Cyprus - Epilogi

The "Epilogi" Limassol Cultural Movement is a non-profit organization, founded in November 1992 on the initiative of a number of people of culture who shared the vision of contributing towards a society based on noble values and thus towards a better World.



Cyprus - National Youth Orchestra

The Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra has a tiered structure including instrumental training from the lowest levels. The Orchestra performs in Cyprus and abroad and participates in official events. In its International Summer Academy young musicians from a large number of countries are trained by professors of international standing.



Ghana - Windy Voices

Windy Voices is currently the leading youth choir in terms of delivery. We have a large repertoire ranging from gospel, hymns, anthems, folk songs and circular music. We are currently embarking on a trip to Abidjan to defend a title.



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