Commonwealth Scholars Choir

To mark and celebrate in 2019 the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, the CYO has recently established a new choir: Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir.

Nationals of any of the 56 countries of the Commonwealth who are recipients, both currently and those who are now part of the Alumni, of any of the following Scholarships are eligible to apply to join the Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

The Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships

The Rhodes Scholarships

The first rehearsals of the Commonwealth Scholars Choir started early in 2018 and the choir has already made performed many times and has recorded music which is included on 5 of CYO’s CDs which have already been released and a new CD to be released later in 2019.

All travel, accommodation and meals are provided for the Commonwealth Scholarship singers who take part in the rehearsals and recording.

Commonwealth Scholars from across the Commonwealth who have taken part in the recordings all very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet and sing with other Commonwealth Scholarship students and they all made appreciative comments afterwards, for example:

“I did enjoy the rehearsing and recording. It was an inspiring programme for me”
“I enjoyed all the songs we did and I will love to do more”
“I enjoyed singing in the commonwealth scholars choir. The songs are lovely and well composed. I would definitely love to sing again in this choir!”

Students currently holding Scholarships and the Alumni of the Scholarships, in all areas of study, not necessarily music, are welcome to apply to join the Commonwealth Scholars Choir.

We invite Scholars, past and present, with citizenship of a Commonwealth country who are, or have been, beneficiaries of any of these three scholarships, to complete the application form ( and email it to

Empower from Earth Dance composed by Simon Haw MBE
Recorded by Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir with Commonwealth Orchestra and Youth Orchestra in February 2018

Find your voice, Share your voice,
With your voice, Have a voice.
Join with one voice, Say with one voice,
Sing as one voice, Shout with one voice.
Be of one voice, Sing with one voice.
All resounding, Say together,
Speak together, Work together, Share together,
All together Sing! Sing!

Members of the Commonwealth Scholars Choir
singing at Cambridge University, with members of
the Commonwealth Children’s Choir and
Commonwealth Orchestra and Youth Orchestra
Conducted by Simon Haw MBE
Music track 1 “Respect” & Music Track 2 “Diversity”
from Earth Dance composed by Simon Haw MBE