Call to join Commonwealth virtual performance

Aziz Idris

The Commonwealth Secretariat invited applications from Commonwealth citizens, including talents from Brunei Darussalam, to represent their countries in a mass musical and cultural performance.

The ‘Uniting the Commonwealth through music during COVID-19’ project is a never-before-attempted musical feat combining the voices of 54 musicians from 54 member countries in one virtual performance.

Delivered in partnership with professional music group Dionysus Ensemble, the project will demonstrate the power of music and art to lift spirits, improve mental health and encourage international camaraderie, as countries face the challenges brought by COVID-19.

Commonwealth Secretariat’s Head of Social Policy Development Layne Robinson said, “This is a great opportunity to work with an internationally recognised music partners to showcase the talent and cultural diversity in 54 countries.

“We celebrate the contribution of the arts, music and culture in healing and inspiring the human spirit, even as we focus on rebuilding our lives and the society.

“This project will help establish solidarity among people and communities in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, Europe and the Pacific.”

Applicants will perform to a track produced by the Dionysus Ensemble. They will be required to record a short video about themselves and their community.

Founder and artistic director of the ensemble Léonie Adams described the project as inclusive and intergenerational. She said it aims to demonstrate the healing power of music and its role as an international language of understanding, solace and jubilance.

She said, “Whether you are in your village playing for no other reason than that you love it, or in a city singing at the end of a long day’s work, we want to hear you.”