The Commonwealth Resounds team prepare to make music in Uganda
Since 2005, The Commonwealth Resounds! has brought together musicians from different cultures through collaborative events, life-changing projects and gala performances. Focussing particularly on young people and the developing world, performers have played in the UK, Sri Lanka, Malta, Uganda and Australia, appearing in major ceremonies and flagship events in front of Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles and numerous international dignitaries.
Chetham’s long connection with The Commonwealth Resounds! is driven by staff members Nicholas and Sarah Oliver. Nick – familiar to Lunchtime Concert audiences as Joint Head of Accompaniment – was a founder member of the project, and since 2009 he and Sarah have together planned projects, fundraised, and led international exchanges between musicians of different nations.
The next The Commonwealth Resounds! project takes place next month, when ten Chetham’s students will travel to Kampala, Uganda, for a ten day musical outreach project alongside Kampala Music School. Together, students will play and work in community organisations across the city to share musical traditions, culminating in a final concert at the MacKinnon Suites hotel in Kampala.
Fundraising for the trip is actively underway; projects are entirely self-financed, with each student aiming to raise around £1300 towards overall costs. Chetham’s Lunchtime Concert on Friday 29 September will be dedicated to the project, and after a successful concert in Didsbury last weekend, the students involved will perform at Turton Rotary Club, Bolton, on Friday 6 October.