Maltese Soprano Nicola Said features on The Castle of Mey CD, which was launched at Marlborough House in London on Monday 22 June 2015. The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Commonwealth Children’s Choir is conducted by Paul Carroll, joined by violin virtuoso Hui-Ti Wang.
The CD is dedicated to the memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The title work of the CD, The Castle of Mey which was composed in 2009 by Paul Carroll, was inspired by the Castle of Mey which is positioned on the most northerly point of the British mainland. In 1953 the castle, was rescued from becoming a complete ruin by The Queen Mother who then made the necessary repairs so that exactly 60 years ago, in 1955, it became her privately-owned residence.
The CD was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in February 2015 and the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra (CYO) comprised young musicians from across all corners of the Commonwealth. The CYO, is an accredited Commonwealth Organisation and in 2012 Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, honoured the CYO by becoming its Diamond Jubilee Patron. The mission of the CYO is to use music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries.
For more information and CD Contents, please refer to the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra website http://www.commonwealth-youth-orchestra.org/shop