Birmingham 2022

Come and help us celebrate the Commonwealth Games by taking part in a truly unique collaboration! 


Do you live in the Commonwealth? 

Do you love creating orchestral and choral music? 

Do you play a musical instrument or sing? 


If you live in a Commonwealth nation, or are of Commonwealth heritage, this is an unmissable opportunity. 

Join us as we celebrate the Commonwealth Games with a series of music making events and activities including mass digital performances, a composition competition and a live artist showcase in Birmingham, UK. Over the coming months, culminating in September 2022, The People’s Orchestra will showcase the musicianship, culture and diversity of the Commonwealth on an unprecedented scale. 


This will be a celebration to remember and is a wonderful chance to develop long-lasting connections across the world. 


To receive updates about the Commonwealth Community Music Initiative, click on the Register Interest button  


Calling Musicians and Singers across the Commonwealth 

Registration is now open for musicians and singers to take part in the world premiere of an uplifting and unifying soundtrack created by award-winning film composer John Koutselinis. 

Join fellow performers from across the world in a massed virtual orchestra and choir performance of We Are One. 

We Are One will be screening at sports events, live sites and pop-up shows during the Commonwealth Games, debuting live in concert in Summer 2022 and shared with our Commonwealth collaborators. 

Spaces are limited, so sign up today. 




Calling Composers across the Commonwealth 

This Commonwealth anthem will feature a sixteen-bar composition competition from composers across the Commonwealth, united piece-by-piece into a diverse global ensemble.   

Registration is now open for composers - become part of a unique creation that will highlight the magnificent music of the world. 

Participants will compose a piece to a defined bass line. The completed collaboration will be recorded and performed at our exhibition event, screened internationally and shared with our international friends. 

If our esteemed judges choose your composition, you will win £150 and a place in the final symphony. 



Would you like to visit the UK and become part of our live performance before the Commonwealth Games? 

Join us in Birmingham, UK, and take part in a live music extravaganza on 23rd and 24th July 2022, following a week of rehearsals and specially curated workshops. 

Hosted by The People’s Orchestra, individuals and amateur music groups and choirs are invited to take part in our series of workshops and live performances, including a gala concert on the final night. 

All concerts will be streamed live and recorded for sharing across the world with family and friends at home, for a truly international event! 







Calling Artists from the West Midlands and across the Commonwealth.  Showcase your country’s music and art on an international scale!

Showcase your country’s music and art on an international scale. This virtual project encompasses all artforms and is a chance to showcase your work to a global audience. We will be projecting a series of videos, featuring your art, onto buildings and landmarks across the West Midlands. 

Why not share this international collection onto your local landscape too? You will also have the opportunity to present the collection to your communities, making this an engaging international portfolio. 

Footage will be compiled from audio and video submissions from both international and local artists, so if you are an artist in any medium and are interested in your work being showcased, this is the project for you! 



International Partners

We collaborated digitally with L’Orchestre Philharmonia Mundi de Montréal (OPMM) and Orchestras Central in our first international, virtual performance during 2020, and have cultivated a strong international relationship with these orchestras, based in Canada and New Zealand, respectively.


An essential part of this initiative is strengthening bonds with existing international partners, as well as establishing new ones.   

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 sovereign nations, and musicians, composers and singers from these nations will have the opportunity to take part in a one-of-a-kind international music collaboration. 


We have planned virtual and in-person music-making events for musicians, local and global, to get involved with.  


For a taste of what you can expect, check out our ‘War of the Titans’ performance, showcasing orchestras from the UK, New Zealand and Canada, or read our interview with acclaimed composer John Koutselinis, who will have a unique role in this initiative. 

We are really looking forward to collaborating with you in these projects, and showcasing the talent, skill and hard work of musicians, composers and singers throughout the Commonwealth. To receive updates about any of these projects, click to ‘register interest’, and if you would like to become a part of our orchestras or choirs, why not Join Us 

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