Archive for October 25th, 2013

CHOGM 2013 happenings at Mount Lavinia Hotel

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Commonwealth Resounds! has been connecting musical cultures, and running cross-cultural projects, partnerships and performances since 2005.

For CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka, we are excited to announce that the largest-ever group of international musicians will be visiting Sri Lanka as part of The Commonwealth Resounds! They will be sharing their skills with the community, working in schools, universities and orphanages, performing and coaching young musicians and presenting some dazzling Gala Concerts for their sponsors and supporters in Galle, Colombo and Mount Lavinia.

During the first two days of their tour, many of the musicians will be staying at the Lighthouse Hotel in Galle, sponsored generously by Jetwing. They will present a special Gala Concert at the Lighthouse Hotel on Saturday November 9th

Press and media may be interested to know that all the visiting Commonwealth musicians will be staying at Mount Lavinia Hotel between November 10th – 18th, kindly faciliated by the hotel staff and management.

Mount Lavinia Hotel might well consider branding itself as  ‘The Commonwealth Musicians’ Hotel!’ throughout CHOGM!

The visiting Commonwealth musicians include

  • Distinguished delegates from the International Federation of Musicians and the Musicians’ Union, who will run their Music Business Seminars at Mount Lavinia Hotel.

  • Prizewinning solo musicians from the Royal Over-Seas League, plus Roderick Lakin M.B.E., Director of Arts
  • Alison Cox OBE, Founder and Co-Director of The Commonwealth Resounds!, will be present alongside other Co-Directors, Managers and members of the organisation.
  • Orchestral musicians from the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra, which has formed a unique partnership with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka for CHOGM 2013.

  • Talented young musicians and composers from the UK’s oldest Specialist Music School, The Purcell School, plus a team of professional musicians who are staff members.

  • Excellent young musicians and staff members from Chetham’s School of Music, the UK’s largest Specialist Music School

  • Joe Walters, professional musician and the inspirational founder of SONGBOUND. This is a wonderful initiative that creates new choirs and life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged children in Asian countries.

AMAZING NEWS! Young Commonwealth musicians from the Purcell School organised fundraising events and raised enough money for Songbound to start up 3 NEW CHOIRS for children in Sri Lanka – one in Kilinochchi and two in Colombo!

These 3 new choirs will be established during CHOGM 2013!

The Purcell School’s Sri Lanka Team, and the Songbound logo

All these talented musicians are coming to Sri Lanka to share their skills with Sri Lankan partners, support and encourage less experienced musicians wherever possible and help to create exciting musical events for CHOGM 2013.

NOTE : All musicians from The Commonwealth Resounds! whether they be young, old, professional, students or amateurs, are generous hardworking volunteers. Unlike many other more privileged Commonwealth Delegates, they have been expected to raise their own funds to come to Sri Lanka. This is not easy for musicians, who struggle to earn a living at the best of times – so they are extremely grateful to those who have helped them.

The musicians will be delighted to offer their skills and musicianship to Sri Lanka in any way that is needed, and hope to learn a great deal from the rich culture of this wonderful country.


Saturday 9th November at 7 p.m.

The Commonwealth Resounds!  – Gala Performance at the Lighthouse Hotel, Galle

Friday 15th November at 7 p.m.

The Commonwealth Festival Orchestra’s Gala Concert at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Colombo

Sunday 17th November

The Commonwealth Resounds! Gala Performance at Mount Lavinia Hotel 7 p.m.

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