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The Queen and The Commonwealth

The Queen and The Commonwealth


The Massed Bands of the Household Division

The Massed Bands of the Household Division have 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 the Royal Corps of Army Music, the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division each serve in either one of 7 Regimental Bands: 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, or the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra.

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.


Commanding Officer, Household Division Bands:

Lieutenant Colonel S N Haw MBE


Directors of Music, Household Division Bands:

Major P Collis-Smith - Band of the Household Cavalry

Captain B S Mason - Band of the Grenadier Guards

Major S J Halliday - Band of the Coldstream Guards

Major A Williams - Band of the Scots Guards

Captain P Brydon - Band of the Irish Guards

Major L Petritz-Watts - Band of the Welsh Guards

Captain S Marinescu - Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra


Commonwealth Youth Choir

Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, is Diamond Jubilee Patron 2012 of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir. With a mission “to use music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries”, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO) unites communities in the 54 Nations of The Commonwealth, transcending all cultural, political, social and economic boundaries. Its mission is delivered by a 3-point plan: “Engage-Educate-Empower”.

Through its Pan-Commonwealth music education activities and its unique Platinum Jubilee Legacy Initiative - The Commonwealth Music Academy - CYO creates fully-funded opportunities for music engagement, performances and recordings with members of choirs, orchestras and music schools across all 54 Nations.

Since 2016, the ground-breaking collaboration of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir and the Bands of the Household Division has been an exciting and innovative, international music engagement, which has produced numerous performances, recordings and workshops, involving thousands of young singers and instrumentalists. Over this 8-year period, many new compositions have been especially composed by Lieutenant Colonel Simon Haw MBE, and also more recently by Lieutenant Colonel Craig Hallatt, Principal Director of Music of the Royal Corps of Army Music, to support this extraordinary and impactful music collaboration.

The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir is honoured and delighted that
its Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir and Commonwealth Youth Choir has had
the opportunity in Spring 2022 to record music with the Bands of the Household Division for a special recording to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. This album “The Queen and The Commonwealth” is produced by the Household Division and Commonwealth Music International and released on 6 July 2022.


Commonwealth Scholars' Choir

CYO’s Commonwealth Scholar’s 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 the numerous CYO performances and recordings, greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet and sing with fellow Commonwealth Scholarship post-graduate students.

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