17 Feb 2023

Birmingham charities work together to create a song for the Commonwealth


Two Birmingham charities have joined forces to create a song for the Commonwealth, inspired by the late Queen Elizabeth 's messages to the Commonwealth nations and territories at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Come Together Everybody is a song that celebrates hope in diversity and draws on themes of family, friendship and togetherness.

Written by Sarah Baker, Composer in Residence at Birmingham charity Services For Education, Come Together Everybody brings music and learning to life and each year teaches music to more than 32,000 Birmingham school children.

Birmingham 's Lunar Society - which stimulates ideas, broadens debate and catalyses action - has supported the initiative and funded arranger Bob Vivian to produce instrumental scores for all abilities, so that musicians and singers across the world can enjoy performing the song.

Now the resources have been uploaded to Services for Education 's website together with a video of children from Phoenix International School in Malawi and an introduction by Sarah Baker.

As a vocal specialist, Sarah enjoys working with children of all ages and passionately believes in the power of music to bring about positive change and to help young people fulfil their potential.

The resources are available at https://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/blog/music/come-together-everybody/ and the hope is that schools throughout the Commonwealth nations and territories will record and share their performances through Services For Education.

Stuart Birnie, head of the Music Service at Services For Education, said: “We 'd love schools and choirs to use the resources and to record and share their videos. Our hope is that we will be connected in shared music making and that together we can build a brighter future where everyone plays a part. ”

Pictured: Children from Malawi sing Come Together Everybody