The young musicians took part in performances, projects, masterclasses, seminars and outreach work for The Commonwealth Resounds!, an organisation seeking to identify and promote outstanding musical initiatives in Commonwealth countries, develop partnerships between artists from different cultural origins and support training programmes for young musicians. This organisation was founded by Alison Cox OBE, Head of Composition and Outreach at The Purcell School.
On Friday 15th November, three Purcell pupils were invited to perform during a special Royal Dinner for the Commonwealth Heads of Government, hosted by the School’s Royal Patron, The Prince of Wales. They were delighted to have a chance to speak to the Presidents of Nauru and Samoa, who both took a special interest in their musical programme.
Five Purcell School pupils performed in the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra, hosted by the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, including many talented musicians from other Commonwealth countries, and conducted by Dr. James Ross. The orchestra gave a spectacular Gala Concert (pictured below left) to a packed audience in the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre. This included Andromeda, a new fanfare composed specially for the occasion by the 16-year old Purcell School composer, Alan Mofti.