Perform at Commonwealth Festival Orchestra Concert

Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka and The Commonwealth Resounds


"Music," according to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "is the universal language of mankind" and as the Heads of States from across the Commonwealth gather in Colombo for CHOGM, Longfellow’s words are sure to strike a chord with the delegates and special invitees who will be treated to the combined efforts of two orchestras at the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra Concert.

The Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka and The Commonwealth Resounds will perform together for the first time on November 15 at Nelum Pokuna MahindaRajapaksa Theatre as part of the CHOGM line up of events. The music to be played that evening will vary from Sri Lanka’s perennial favourite Danno Budunge to the world premiere of Alan Mofti’s Fanfare. In addition to the two orchestras, the audience will also be treated to solo performances by musicians, Robert Plane on clarinet and Ashan Pillai on viola.

The internationally acclaimed clarinetist, Robert Plane has performed with orchestras and chamber music groups around the world, including the renowned chamber ensemble Academy at St Martin-in-the-Fields. He made his BBC Proms concerto debut in 2011. He is a successful recording artist and is particularly highly regarded for his solo recordings for Naxos. His account of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto won Classic CD Magazine’s ‘Best Concerto Recording’ Award and was selected as BBC Radio 3’s recommended version in ‘Building a Library’.

A graduate of the prestigious Julliard School, Sri Lankan born violist Ashan Pillai made successful debuts at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall between 1997-99. He presently enjoys a flourishing career as a chamber musician, soloist and teacher. Pillai has won several international music competitions and has recorded widely with labels such as EMI, Naxos, Meridian and Oehms Classics. He has performed with several orchestras and has played under the batons of maestros such as Riccardo Muti, Christian Zacharias, Robert King and Lawrence Foster.

The concert will be conducted by Dr. James Ross. Dr. Ross studied at Harrow School and graduated from Oxford University where he obtained a degree in Modern History, a Master’s in Music and a Doctorate on French Opera. He was a 1998 BBC Philharmonic Conducting Competition finalist; since then he has conducted over 900 works in fifteen countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America. In the UK he has performed at leading concert venues including St John’s Smith Square in London and Westminster Abbey.

The Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka is one of the oldest orchestras in South Asia. Over the years several internationally recognized Sri Lankan and foreign soloists and conductors have performed with the orchestra.

The Commonwealth Resounds! (TCR) is a group dedicated to bringing together musicians from Commonwealth countries. Every two years, the group of young musicians and core staff travel out to the venue of the biennial CHOGM to give concerts, run workshops and master classes, play in children’s hospitals, schools and orphanages. Their aim is to engage with the local community through collaborative and charitable projects while performing at some of the official CHOGM proceedings. Following the successful performance in Kampala in 2007, Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma remarked that, "The sights and sounds of Commonwealth Resounds and of the Kampala CHOGM will long live with me."?

The concert is sponsored by NDB Bank with electronic media sponsors MTV Sports and Yes FM, print sponsor Printcare and creative partner Lowe LDB. The soloists are sponsored by The Royal Over-Seas League.

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