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State Ceremonial Musicians of the Bands of the Household Division

The State Ceremonial Music of the Bands of the Household Division has a long and prestigious history; the bands are an iconic part of British national heritage.

The State Ceremonial Musicians can be routinely seen performing music for the Changing of the Guard ceremony at all the Royal Palaces and Castles, State Visits and Guards of Honour, moments of National Celebration, as well as moments of Nation Commemoration and Remembrance. Resplendent in red tunics and bearskin caps of the Foot Guards, or the State Dress of the Household Cavalry, the Bands of the Household Division provide the very finest, most stirring and moving performances of music.

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 Foot Guards 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.


Commonwealth Orchestra and Youth Orchestra

In The Queen’s Christmas Message 2017, Her Majesty said:

“The Commonwealth has an inspiring way of bringing people together and the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir is a reminder of how truly vibrant this international family is.”

The mission of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO) is to use music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries, and through its initiatives, programmes and three-point delivery plan “Engage-Educate-Empower”, it brings together communities across the Commonwealth through music, transcending all cultural, political, social and economic boundaries.

CYO’s unique major cross-borders initiative, the Commonwealth Music Partnership – Music for Peace & Development, unites all choirs, orchestras and music schools in the Commonwealth for fully-funded pan-Commonwealth exchange, collaboration and engagement.

At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth Australia in 2011, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO) received an unique and unanimous endorsement of its work and achievements from all the Commonwealth Heads of Government. This was published in the Final Communique of the Meeting.

Her Majesty The Queen, Head of The Commonwealth, is Diamond Jubilee Patron of The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir.

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 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.


 Members of Bands of the Household Division, Commonwealth Orchestra, Commonwealth Scholar’s Choir conducted by Lieutenant Colonel Simon Haw MBE, recording Oceans at
Abbey Road Studio 2 in January 2019. 

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