The ABYSO and friends from ROSL, the Commonwealth Resounds, the Purcell School for Young Musicians and the Wells Cathedral School held a concert to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth. The Dean William Lake Centre was the venue for this concert which also culminated a week of music workshops and cultural exchange between the ABYSO and the visitors from the UK
The repertoire was a mix of classical, jazz, contemporary and Caribbean music reflecting the varying musical exchanges that took place during the 10 days of workshops. The Orchestra performed a specially composed fanfare for the Governor General His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams and Her Excellency Lady Sandra Williams written by Purcell student Ka Youn Yoo.
The evening also debuted three pieces composed by Antiguan students during the composition workshops. Antigua and Barbuda is proud to be one of the first participants in the Commonwealth International Composition Award.
The modern Commonwealth came into being 70 years ago with the London Declaration, signed on 26 April 1949. Across the Commonwealth, organisations are celebrating the 70th Anniversary with a series of events, conferences, competitions and workshops throughout the next year.