Commonwealth Carnival of Music

A selection of The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2012’s best Commonwealth performers were invited to perform in The Commonwealth Carnival of Music at Westminster Hall, including choirs from Canada, South Africa and Australia and a dance troupe from India.

In addition, line-up included the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, Ngāti Rānana Maori Choir who brought the Haka to Westminster, a Welsh Male Voice Choir and The Watoto Children’s Choir. There was also be a rare opportunity to see The Parliament Choir whose members include Lords, MPs and other members of Westminster Staff.

Entertaining the audience on stages around the hall during the afternoon before the formal concert in our Croeso Carnival (Welcome Carnival) were BT Melodians Steel Orchestra, The Abraham Darby School Showband from Telford and The Hartley Morris Dancers.

Our Carnival hosts were Baroness Floella Benjamin, TV Presenter, Huw Edwards and Bite The Ballot’s Michael Sani. The official proceedings were heralded by a lone piper, from the Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish Regiment and a special letter of best wishes from HHR Prince Charles was read by Lord Alan Watson of Richmond.

We are grateful to all the performers and volunteers who generously gave their time to make this such a memorable day.
Thanks also go to Barrie Neil Photography and Ben Rogers for photographs of the event. 
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Nagati Ranana Maori Choir Haka
Nagati Ranana Maori Choir Haka

Nāgati Rānana Maori Choir do the Haka

London Welsh and Gwalia Male Voice Choirs
London Welsh and Gwalia Male Voice Choirs

Combined London Welsh and Gwalia Male Voice Choirs
Conducted by Haydn James

Midlands Youth Choir of South Africa
Midlands Youth Choir of South Africa

Midlands Youth Choir of South Africa

Guelph Chamber Choir of Canada
Guelph Chamber Choir of Canada

Guelph Chamber Choir of Canada

Watoto Children's Choir of Uganda
Watoto Children's Choir of Uganda

Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda

Laura Wright and Reading Blue Coat School Chamber Choir
Laura Wright and Reading Blue Coat School Chamber Choir

Laura Wright and Reading Blue Coat School Chamber Choir

Parliament Choir
Parliament Choir

Parliament Choir conducted by Simon Over

Heritage Dancers of India
Heritage Dancers of India

Heritage Dancers of India

Commonwealth Youth Orchestra
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra

Commonwealth Youth Orchestra

Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir of Australia
Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir of Australia

Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir of Australia

Melodians Steel Orchestra
Melodians Steel Orchestra

BT Melodians Steel Orchestra of London and Trinidad

Abraham Darby Showband, Telford
Abraham Darby Showband, Telford

Abraham Darby Showband, Telford

Hartley Morris Men of Kent
Hartley Morris Men of Kent

Hartley Morris Men of Kent

Lance Cpl A Parsons Pipes & Drums of the London Scottish
Lance Cpl A Parsons Pipes & Drums of the London Scottish

Lance Cpl A Parsons
Pipes & Drums of the
London Scottish

 

Host Baroness Floella Benjamin
Hosts Floella Benjamin and Huw Edwards
Host Huw Edwards

Carnival Hosts
Baroness Floella Benjamin and Huw Edwards

Audience in Westminster Hall
Lord Alan Watson of Richmond

Lord Alan Watson of Richmond reads a letter from HRH Prince Charles
Lord Watson with the Carnival President, Lord Roger Roberts of Llandudno
The audience in Westminster Hall

Janet McBride Creative Producer and Director
David McBride Chairman and Chief Executive

Janet McBride – Creative Producer and Director
David McBride – Chairman and Chief Executive