Commonwealth Music Council

The Mission of the Commonwealth Music Council is to curate the music of the Commonwealth

As part of its celebration of Commonwealth Week 2016 and to mark the Commonwealth Theme 2016, "An Inclusive Commonwealth" the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir has launched a new ground - breaking initiative, The Commonwealth Music Council.

The Mission of The Commonwealth Music Council is to curate the music of the Commonwealth.

Through its programme Commonwealth Community Heritage, The Commonwealth Music Council will engage with communities in all 52 countries of the Commonwealth to gather national music, in all genres, which is the music heritage of the nations and its people.

Through the act of curation, the music of the Commonwealth Nations will be curated into a major new music library which will be available to all for research, performance and educational programmes.

There are already exciting workshops and events being held as part of The Commonwealth Music Council's Commonwealth Community Heritage Programme and where the curated music of the Commonwealth Nations is being incorporated into a vast range of music activities and engaging with all the Commonwealth Music Partners.


Commonwealth Community Heritage National Focus Day 2015 - 2016

The order of the Commonwealth countries in focus in the respective Commonwealth Community Heritage Focus Days is determined by the itinerary of the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay, which started in India (host of the 2010 Commonwealth Games) on 11th October 2013.

The Queen's Baton travelled through all the Commonwealth Regions, from Asia, Pacifica, Africa, Caribbean, Americas to Europe and finishing nine months later in the United Kingdom, on 23rd July 2014 at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014.

From October 2013, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir followed the Queen's Baton Relay and engaged with its Commonwealth Music Partners in each of the 52 Commonwealth countries. The tour culminated in a massive Commonwealth Gala Concert in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on 23rd June 2014, exactly one month before the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014.

Since October 2015, the Commonwealth Community Heritage National Focus Days have been following the same trans-Commonwealth itinerary.

From October 2016 there will be 15 Commonwealth Community Heritage National Focus Days, from October 2017 in there will be 30 Commonwealth Community Heritage National Focus Days and by October 2018 and in all future years, there will be 52 Commonwealth Community Heritage National Focus Days. One for each Commonwealth country.


2016 - 2017 Dates

October           CCH 1      India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka

October           CCH 2      Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei.

November       CCH 3      Australia, Papua New Guinea.

November       CCH 4      Solomon Islands, Nauru, Tuvalu, Samoa, Kiribati.

November       CCH 5      New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu.

January           CCH 6      Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon.

February         CCH 7      Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya.

February         CCH 8      Tanzania, Seychelles, Mauritius, Mozambique.

March             CCH 9      Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia.

March             CCH 10    South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland.

May                CCH 11    Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Barbados.

June               CCH 12    St Vincent & The Grenadines, St Lucia, Dominica.

June               CCH 13    St Kitts & Nevis, Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda.

June               CCH 14    The Bahamas, Belize, Canada.

July                CCH 15    Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom


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