Commonwealth Opportunity

For Orchestral Musicians and Choral Singers

The first strand of our Commonwealth Community Music Initiative is titled ‘Opportunity’. The intention of this project within the wider campaign is to create a mass virtual musical work to be shared to all commonwealth countries. Enhanced with local art and in collaboration with our overseas partners, the work will be shone into unloved spaces in all nations and territories across the Commonwealth, and onto public spaces in Birmingham and the Midlands. 

What is Opportunity?  

The People’s Orchestra has commissioned a piece of music by film composer John Koutselinis, called We Are One, to share with amateur musicians and singers across The Commonwealth, for the creation of a mass virtual Commonwealth Community Orchestra & Choir performance.  

The We Are One theme provides a musical platform to celebrate the best of music, arts and cultural life from many locations, with points of connection and collaboration around our shared achievement in a single piece of music. We are asking amateur musicians and singers across the Commonwealth to participate by recording a performance of this piece individually or with their organisation, then submitting the video and audio to us in order to collate the finished performance.  

How do I get involved? 

If you are interested in participating in Opportunity, please register your interest and one of our team will send you more information. There is no limit to the number of groups who can be involved in this project, however there will be a set of criteria emailed to those taking part and we reserve the right not to include a submission should it fail to meet the criteria. We would love as many people as possible to be involved, so do register or email us if you have any questions.  


Registration for this project opens March 2021, and the music for We Are One will be released to those who have registered in the summer of 2021. All recordings will need to be received by the end of October 2021, so that the video can be edited in time for our release date in March 2022. The virtual performance will then be made available for everyone who participated to view and share. 

Additional Information 

Our international conductor David Curtis will be hosting online workshops to give advice and guidance to participating musicians, and our choral programme director Ula Weber will be hosting similar workshops for singers.  

We trialled our first virtual digital collaboration recently, with members from our partner orchestras in New Zealand and Canada. You can see the results here, or for more information about We Are One, an interview with composer John Koutselinis is available on the CCMI webpage. We’re confident that this composition will be a real testament to the collaborative potential of the Commonwealth, and a huge amount of fun for all involved.