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Cenotaph Requiem

Cenotaph Requiem


The Orchestra of the Household Division

Drawn from British Army Music, the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division each serve in one of 7 Regimental Bands or in the string orchestra: Grenadiers, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards of the Footguards Bands, the Household Cavalry Band, which includes musicians of both the Life Guards and Blues and Royals, and the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra. The 7 regiments, which together form the Household Division, have a long and proud history; the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Bands of the Household Division, work persistently to uphold that reputation of excellence and in the service of Her Majesty The Queen.

Her Majesty The Queen, Head of The Commonwealth, is Diamond Jubilee Patron of The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO).  For the last six years CYO, its Commonwealth Music Partners and its Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir and Commonwealth Children’s Choir have collaborated with the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division. They have performed and recorded together on numerous occasions. 

These many major music collaborations include: Household Division’s Beating Retreat 2016, recording music to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, recording music dedicated to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, recording especially commissioned music for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 in London and the world-premiere performance (shown below) and the recording of Cenotaph Requiem .



CYO’s Commonwealth Scholars' Choir 

The Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir includes nationals of 54 countries of The Commonwealth who are current or alumni recipients of a Commonwealth Scholarship. The many Commonwealth Scholars who have taken part in numerous CYO performances and recordings, greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet and sing with fellow Commonwealth Scholarship post-graduate students.



CYO’s Commonwealth Children’s Choir

CYO’s mission to create opportunities for engaged diversity through music is delivered through a 3-point plan: Engage-Educate-Empower. Music workshops are delivered in schools and online in all 54 countries of The Commonwealth, demonstrating what can be achieved by working together with discipline, focus and social cohesion. This youth to youth engagement through music provides opportunities which benefits individual youth development and education in the broadest sense.

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