6 February 2012
St Mary Abbotts Kensington
Commonwealth Leaders gathered at Marlborough House in London, UK, on 6 June 2012 to honour HM Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, at a special Diamond Jubilee lunch.
The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra performed The Commonwealth Anthem and other celebratory music during the day.
The event, hosted by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, drew Heads of Government and Heads of State from across Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific. High Commissioners, former Commonwealth Secretaries-General - Sir Shridath Ramphal and Chief Emeka Anyaoku - and representatives of the Commonwealth's 54 member countries, also attended the event.
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir performed for HM The Queen at The Mansion House in the City of London on 5th June 2012.
On Tuesday 5 June 2012, following the Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, The Soloists of The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir performed The Commonwealth Anthem and other celebratory music for Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, at The Mansion House in the City of London.
On 14 May 2012 The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir launched a CD with the title :
"A Celebration of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee".
This CD can be obtained by making a £10 donation to The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir which is a registered charity: 1145187
Commonwealth family brings together 54 countries and two billion people of all the variety that the world has to offer. We are a great global community, building on the foundations of what we share in common, especially our values and principles, our history, our common traditions and our focus on young people, who make up more than two thirds of our total population.
“Using 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 Heads of Government adopted, without reservation, the following statement:
"Heads of Government should welcome the creation of The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra"
Nationals of any of the 54 Commonwealth countries who are aged 18 – 25 as of 1 May 2012 are eligible to audition for the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir and The Commonwealth Orchestra.
There are no audition or membership fees.
The next auditions will be held in central London on 16 January and in Cambridge on 11 & 25 January and 1 February 2013.
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