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