Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey


T.May 150xWA CWD17 09The Right Honourable Theresa May MP
Theresa May became the Leader of the Conservative Party and UK Prime Minister in July 2016. She had served as Home Secretary from 2010, having been elected to Parliament in May 1997 to represent the constituency of Maidenhead. She was a member of the Shadow Cabinet from 1999 to 2010, with roles as Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. From 2002 to 2003 she was the first woman Chair of the Conservative Party. 

Baroness Scotland 150xThe Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC
Patricia Scotland took office as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth in April 2016. She serves the 53 governments and 2.4 billion citizens of the Commonwealth. Born in Dominica, she moved to the UK at an early age. A lawyer, she became both the youngest and first black woman to be appointed Queen‘s Counsel. She is the only woman since the post was created in 1315 to be Attorney-General for England and Wales.

Andrew BastawrousDr Andrew Bastawrous
Dr Andrew Bastawrous is an eye surgeon and Co-Founder and CEO of Peek Vision, a social enterprise which develops technology to bring better vision and health to everyone. He has worked and undertaken research in over twenty countries, and has been voted one of the world’s thirty most influential people in public health. He is a TED Fellow, Rolex Laureate, Ashoka Fellow and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

 Jaspreet KaurJaspreet Kaur
Jaspreet Kaur, better known as 'Behind the Netra' for her poetry, is an award-winning spoken word artist and history teacher from East London focused on sharing her thoughts on gender issues, mental health stigma, historical topics, and positive social change. Jaspreet actively works with national governments, corporations and charities alike, such as TED, Westminster Interfaith Council and Action for Children, using her poetry to inspire and drive change.


 Liam PayneLiam Payne
Liam Payne is a British singer, songwriter and performer. Having risen to worldwide fame and success as a founding member of platinum-selling, award-winning pop band, One Direction, Liam has since launched his solo career; his debut single was released in 2017 selling over six million records worldwide. His follow-up Top 20 track garnered 67 million streams on Spotify alone. Liam recently released a Top 10 duet with singer Rita Ora entitled ‘For You’, which they both performed at the 2018 BRIT Awards. He is due to release his debut album on Capitol Records later in 2018. 

One DrumOne-Drum
One-Drum is a London-based collective of Ghanaian musicians, master drummers, dancers, and performers. The artists and teachers emanate from the diversity of Ghana’s rich ethnic traditions, each committed to creating inclusive, engaging work that uses cultural expression as a catalyst to change perceptions. Our authentic African drumming and dance is the beat of the heart, the pulse of the blood and the rhythm of life. It is a celebration of the spirit that is as old as humankind.

Ngati RananaNgāti Rānana London Māori Club
Ngāti Rānana is a London based community group which practices and celebrates New Zealand Māori culture and traditions. Their membership consists of people who have come from, or have a connection or interest in, Aotearoa New Zealand, but call London home. Since their establishment sixty years ago, they have represented Aotearoa New Zealand through Māori Performing Arts, Kapa Haka, and upholding Māori ceremonial traditions at a wide range of events throughout the world.

Portsmouth Gospel ChoirPortsmouth Gospel Choir
Portsmouth Gospel Choir is a dynamic and energetic student led gospel choir from the University of Portsmouth. They found national fame when they reached the finals of the BBC’s Pitch Battles, amazing viewers with their harmonies and passion for the craft. Their founding principal relies on creating an atmosphere where people can actively express themselves through music whilst praising God simultaneously.


Westminster Abbey Choir resizedThe Choir of Westminster Abbey
The Abbey’s world-famous choir of boys and men plays a central role both in the daily choral services in the Abbey and in the many royal, state and national occasions which take place there. In addition, the choir’s schedule includes a wide range of high-profile recordings, broadcasts, concerts, and overseas tours. All the choristers are educated at the Abbey’s unique Choir School. Auditions take place throughout the year and enquiries are welcome at any time.



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