The creation of an exciting new orchestra – the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir – has just been announced. Its mission is “to bring together young musicians of the 54 countries of the Commonwealth, uniting them in the pursuit of musical excellence while transcending all cultural, political, social and economic boundaries, and promoting, by example, these values of excellence for the benefit of all people throughout the Commonwealth”.
The Orchestra has four aims:
- To give students of the Commonwealth (aged 18 – 24) the opportunity to perform concerts throughout all the 54 countries of the Commonwealth.
- To give composers of the Commonwealth international opportunities to have their music performed.
- To give conductors of the Commonwealth international opportunities to conduct a world-class orchestra.
- To give young soloists of the Commonwealth international opportunities to perform with a world-class orchestra.