Sally Shebe, Director-General of Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir, And Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Roberts, Senior Director of Music The Household Division, Present a musical tribute Dedicated to Her Majesty The Queen On the occasion of Her Majesty’s Sapphire Jubilee.

Track Listings

1. Georg Handel (1685 - 1759) arr. Carroll - Music for The Royal Fireworks
Overture: Largo - Adagio - Allegro
Conductor: Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Roberts
Musicians of the Household Division

2. The Commonwealth Anthem arr. Haw
Conductor: Major Simon Haw MBE
Band of the Coldstream Guards and Commonwealth Children’s Choir

3. Henry Purcell (1659-1695) - Rondeau from Abdelazer
Conductor: Paul Carroll
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra

Paul Carroll (1955 - ) - An Ode for Her Majesty
A tribute from The Commonwealth to mark Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday
Words by Dr Grahame Davies

4. Because your promise

5. These are the things

6. The path that lies behind
Conductor: Major Simon Haw MBE
Commonwealth Children’s Choir, Members of the Guard’s Chapel Choir
Countess of Wessex String Orchestra

Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934) - Serenade for Strings Op.20
Conductor: Paul Carroll
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra

7. Allegretto piacevole

8. Larghetto

9. Allegretto

10. Paul Carroll (1955 - ) - Mist on the Lake - An Elegy for Solo Violin and Strings
Conductor: Paul Carroll
Solo Violin Eric Hui-Ti Wang, Commonwealth Youth Orchestra

11. Paul Carroll (1955 - ) - NIGERIA
Dedicated to His Highness Prince Albert Esiri
Conductor: Paul Carroll
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra

12. Major Simon Haw MBE (1965 - ) - A Song for The Commonwealth
Conductor: Major Simon Haw MBE
Band of the Coldstream Guards and Commonwealth Children’s Choir

Tracks 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 - Recorded at Abbey Road Studio 2 on 30 November and 1 December 2015
Tracks 2, 12 - Recorded in the Guard’s Chapel on 20 May 2016
Track 1, 4, 5, 6 - Recorded in The Guard’s Chapel London on 2 & 3 February 2017


When King George II commissioned Handel to write music celebrating the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle 1748, he specified that the piece should be played by a military band without stringed instruments. Handel complied with the King’s request, scoring the music for 9 trumpets, 9 horns, 24 oboes, 12 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon, 1 serpent, 6 kettledrums, and 2 side drums, but he later added strings for the first indoor performance.

Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” is an enduring and extremely popular work premiered in Green Park London, on April 27, 1749. On this recording the Overture has been arranged for 3 trumpets, 3 horns, 6 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 bass clarinets, contrabass and timpani.

To mark the Diamond Jubilee of The Commonwealth In 2009 the Commonwealth Secretariat commissioned Paul Carroll to compose “The Commonwealth Anthem”. The lyrics of the Anthem, written by the Commonwealth Secretariat, are the words of the 1948 Universal Bill of Human Rights. For Beating Retreat 2016 on Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, Major Simon Haw made this arrangement of The Commonwealth Anthem, which includes an introductory narrative about The Commonwealth.

Introductory Narrative to The Commonwealth Anthem - written by Director-General Sally Shebe
Every man, woman and child sits on the shoulders of previous generations, inheriting the courage and discovery of those who went before and the opportunity to learn the lessons of the past and to build for a better future.

In this way, on 26 April 1949, the Modern Commonwealth was born out of the international collaboration that had been generated throughout the First and Second World Wars. In an act of continuum, the political leaders in the second half of the 1940s were determined not to lose this spirit of international brotherhood and mutual support.

With King George VI as its Head, the Commonwealth of Nations was first established as a voluntary group of eight independent countries; Australia, Canada, Ceylon, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Today the Commonwealth comprises 52 nations across all six inhabited regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Pacific.

Each of the 52 independent nations is an equal stakeholder and with national populations ranging from 9,600 to 1.3 billion, and with multifarious races and faiths, the Commonwealth encapsulates the concept of “Embracing Diversity”.

When King George VI died on 6 February 1952, the Commonwealth Heads of Government invited the young Queen Elizabeth II to become Head of the Commonwealth. For 65 years Her Majesty has been, and continues to be, a constant and supremely uniting influence with an unique presence and personal style which can never be replicated.

The 21st Century Commonwealth, now in its 68th year, is building on its dynamic legacy and heritage - with international engagement and diversity at its core, and the opportunity to maximise individual, national and international potential, it offers the possibility to be a model of mutual human respect, support and understanding.

Henry Purcell was born into a musical family, he spent his boyhood as a chorister for the Chapel Royal, and after his voice broke he stayed on as an assistant to the keeper of the king’s musical instruments. At eighteen, he was appointed to a position as a court composer. Two years later he became the organist of Westminster Abbey, a position he held for the rest of his life. During the reigns of Charles II and James II, Purcell’s royal duties accounted for most of his music. Purcell also composed music for the theatre, and wrote one of his final suites for the 1695 revival of Abdelazer, or The Moor’s Revenge. Purcell’s “Rondeau” is one of his best known and most popular works.Three hundred years after it was composed, Benjamin Britten used the Rondeau melody for his Theme and Variations, “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”.

Paul Carroll, in collaboration with the poet Dr Grahame Davies, was commissioned by The Eranda Rothschild Foundation to compose “An Ode for Her Majesty”. The music is dedicated to Her Majesty The Queen to mark and celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday in 2016.

“An Ode for Her Majesty” - words by Dr Grahame Davies
Because your promise has been kept for life,
because you meant the words you chose to say,
because your constancy, a silver coin,
has paid the price of duty every day,

because you held the faith that you were given,
the metal of each promise that we make
will bear the image of the life you showed us,
and surety is surer for your sake.

And whether the years of sacrifice are many,
or whether the days for faithfulness are few,
we know a promise can be kept forever,
the greatness that we try for can be true

Sir Edward Elgar GCVO - best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. In 1924 he was appointed Master of the King's Musick. Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings” is a triumph of Edwardian string writing reflecting an era of grandeur, poise and substance. It is the earliest of his works to have become well known – it preceded his ‘Enigma’ Variations by six years – but it is completely characteristic of his style. The Serenade for Strings was one of the composer’s favourite works - it was first performed in Antwerp in 1896 and was given its UK premiere in 1899 in Merseyside.

Paul Carroll composed “Mist over the Lake - An Elegy for Solo Violin and Strings” for Eric Hui-Ti Wang, the Concert Master of the Commonwealth Orchestras. The Elegy is a reflective, still piece, which draws inspiration from the scene of an early morning mist over the lake in St James’s Park.

“NIGERIA” composed by Paul Carroll in 2015, was commissioned by His Highness Prince Albert Esiri. It is one of The Commonwealth Music Council’s special National Compositions. Traditional Nigerian melodies are its inspiration which are blended with quotes from the National Anthem of Nigeria.

Major Simon Haw’s “Song For The Commonwealth” is dedicated to the children of the Commonwealth on the occasion of the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen 2016.

On 7 and 8 June 2016 on Horse Guards Parade, London, 150 members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir performed the world-premiere of “A Song For The Commonwealth” with the Massed Bands of the Household Division at Beating Retreat 2016, as a celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations and the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.

“A Song For The Commonwealth” won First Prize in the Commonwealth Music Competition 2016.

Paul Carroll, Conductor, Composer and Arranger - has had a long and varied career in music as a composer, conductor, performer, author and teacher. His catalogue of compositions stretch over more than 40 years and his individual style was recognised early on by Sir Adrian Boult, who conducted several of his early works. Over the years Paul’s compositional voice has taken classical, tonal, music into new realms. His complex contrapuntal skills and fearless enharmonic modulation make him a stand out composer, with a broad international appeal.

The Commonwealth Orchestras and Choirs are hugely honoured to have had Paul Carroll as their Artistic Director and Composer-in Residence since 2008 and during that time in addition to building a considerable repertoire for the Commonwealth Orchestras and Choirs, he has been commissioned to compose music for major events at the Commonwealth Secretariat and for Historic Royal celebrations.

Paul has an unique ability to write music which is accessible to all and which can be arranged for younger performers to play as part of their music education and for developing their musical techniques to turn them into fully-fledged professional musicians.

For a quarter of century Paul was a Professor at the Royal College of Music and he was an organist and choirmaster for over twenty years. A multi-instrumental virtuoso, Paul has performed and recorded extensively across the globe, with artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra and Dame Emma Kirkby.

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Roberts, Conductor - is the Senior Director of Music of the Household Division - responsible for co-coordinating and directing all State Ceremonial music in London. This role has seen him directing the music for major national and international events, including: Trooping of the Colour, the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Centenary Commemoration Event for the Battle of the Somme, Thiepval. His production of the Household Division Beating Retreat in 2015 and 2016 has met with critical acclaim and has developed the event to being the largest and most successful Beating Retreat in the world.

Major Simon Haw MBE Conductor, Composer and Arranger - is Director of Music of the Coldstream Guards. He has had a distinguished career in Army Music having served in The Welsh Guards, Prince of Wales Division, The Adjutant General’s Corps, The Queen’s Division, Headquarters’ Army Music, The Scots’ Guards and The Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, which is one of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) High Readiness Force Headquarters. As well as being a first rate composer, his skill as an arranger is widely respected.

Eric Hui-Ti Wang, Violin - is considered to be one of the most promising violinists of his generation and is receiving increasing international attention. Eric has won many competitions worldwide and since 2012 he has been the Concert Master of the Commonwealth Orchestras and Choirs.

Dr Grahame Davies, Poet - Is one of the country’s leading poets and his published collections both in Welsh and English have been universally well received and praised. His career as a journalist, author and poet is reflected by the many prizes he has won. He has collaborated with many musical and visual artists including Paul Carroll on both ‘The Ode for Her Majesty’ and ‘Jack’, a tradition harking back to Purcell and Dryden. He is Assistant Private Secretary to The Prince of Wales.

The mission of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO) is to “use music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries”, which is delivered with all Commonwealth Nations, through a three-point plan: “Engage-Educate-Empower”.

HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, is Diamond Jubilee Patron 2012 of the CYO.

In 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government unanimously gave an unique endorsement of the CYO, which was published in the CHOGM 2011 Final Communique.

In 2012 the CYO created its Commonwealth Music Partnership with all music schools, choirs and orchestras in 52 countries of the Commonwealth, creating fully-funded opportunities for education and exchange.

In 2016 the CYO established the Commonwealth Music Council to curate the music of all Nations of the Commonwealth and to provide a freely available on-line resource.

Other CYO ground-breaking Initiatives include Commonwealth Community Heritage, Commonwealth Music Distance Learning and Commonwealth Music Competitions, all of which can be viewed through CYO’s Commonwealth Music Hub: www.commonwealth-music-net.

Musicians of The Bands of the Household Division, representing the seven Regiments of the Household Division, provide musical support to State Ceremonial and Public Duties in London, and play on all State occasions.

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Roberts is the Senior Director of Music of the Bands of the Household Division.

Commonwealth Children's Choir

Headteacher in-Chief: Paul Underwood

Joanne Bezer
Rosie Cowan
Ian Wilson
Mark Johnson
Angela Moore
Chris Mabey
Natasha Scott
Gael Hicks
James Allen
Katy Ward
Nicola Brosnan
Andrea Choppy
Rani Karim
Lisle Von Buchenroder

Assistant Headteachers and Music Staff:
Dolores Mapp
Veneice Johnrose
Olu Sodeinde
Will Ramos
Nathan Chan
Chantal Pampellonne
Paul Reily
Allison Venn
Rebecca Bradley
Rafaela Hatziefstratiou
Laura Kimberley
Tim Hylton
Elaine Watson
Beth Marshall

Choral Director and Assistant to the Director-General: Alice Gentenaar

Commonwealth Children’s Choir
Aleena Ali
Aleena Hassan
Alexandra Farcas
Alicia Tagne Monte
Aniola Admolake
Ariam Dawit
Benedict Ojomu
Catherine Henryanto
Charlotte Venn
Chiamaka Osuji
Chris Kuyulu
Daniela Cabatay
Delphine Ngodi
Ebere Uhegbu
Leander Acquah
Emily Guerra Pilapanta
Emma Asare
Emmanuella Owusu Bempah
Enya Vintila
Ethan Cabatay
Fatima Fernandes Semedo
Gabriela Tomaszewicz
Geanina Aluneanu
Haleemah Patel
India Beck
James Tamayo
Jayla Daley-Thor
John Kauzeni
Kai John Lewis
Karla Boreiau
Katie Fernandes
Katna Stewart
Kaye Mongaya
Keren Badu
Kioli Luksa-Chaves
Kirsty Fernandes
Leandra Nanque Balde
Liam Lumandas
Lorraine Hounsou
Luisa Bontigao
Ma Gumamela Ymille Pejana
Majorie Ssebulime
Maria Luiza Fernandes
Masumah Rahman
Matthew Tegegne
Micaela Denis Orduna
Momina Farooq
Mubbusharah Khan
Nabila Ali
Nana Blay
Nathan Bonner
Nia Laville-Gowdie
Aidi Azad
Omisha Gray
Paciane Tanoh
Princess Quaye
Priscilla Mongoba
Priya Kainth
Rachael Otite
Reese Sanguir-Castillo
Renee Favour Osarugue
Rhiane Cubita
Roxanne Casteneda
Ruth Ofori-Owusu
Safwan Ahmed
Samantha Edwards
Sang Ndow
Shanelle Dennis-Leslie
Stephanie Onchuru
Tara Vintila
Tayyeba Khan
Tehrim Syed
Theo Moses
Valentina Cebalos Escobar
Welwitschia De Almeida Juliao