Good morning and welcome to Windsor Castle; as we’ve seen, a magnificent setting for us to meet, in the best Commonwealth tradition, in the intimacy and privacy of our Retreat.First let me thank Her Majesty The Queen for her generous invitation into her home, the first time a Heads of Government meeting has been held here in a remarkable history.I am also struck by the number of Heads of Government we have assembled here today – a powerful demonstration of our commitment to revitalise the Commonwealth, and to tap into its vast potential.And that vast potential has been clear at the forums this week. Our Commonwealth family has spent the last four days sharing perspectives, and finding ways to make a real difference to people’s lives. I think I speak for everyone around the room when I say that we have all been inspired by what we’ve seen and heard, particularly from our young people.Yesterday we spoke about our shared challenges as we strive to build a more sustainable, more prosperous, more secure and fairer Commonwealth. Today is a chance to build on that, and for the Commonwealth Heads of Government to talk frankly and openly within the tradition of the Retreat.Of course a conversation about these challenges cannot ignore the fact that at the very moment international co-operation is so important, some nations are choosing instead to shun the rules-based system that underpins global security and prosperity.So I look forward to discussing how the Commonwealth can play its part to support this rules-based order, and the very concept of international co-operation.Today, we also have a number of specific decisions to take, together with a broader conversation about the common future for the Commonwealth that we all want to see.So I am sure today will be a memorable occasion for all of us, by the end of which I am sure we will all leave even closer friends, and with a unique understanding of each other in ways which cannot be matched by other summits.
Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) and Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power) have announced an upcoming batch of dates that will see the dynamic duo navigate through Colorado’s most picturesque mountain towns.The duo will start out with a show at Denver’s Ophelia’s on February 21st, before stops bat Estes Park’s Stanley Hotel (2/22); Nederland’s Caribou Room (2/23); Crested Butte’s Public House (2/26); Vail’s Shakedown Bar (2/27); Buena Vista’s Lariat (3/2); and a final show at Steamboat Springs’ Old Town Pub on March 3rd.Nexus, Jennifer Hartswick’s latest solo LP, features contributions from Cassarino as well as six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride. As the album announcement noted, on Nexus, Hartswick delivers “a powerful and vulnerable performance from the depths of her soul.” The trio joined forces for a special show at NYC’s intimate Rockwood Music Hall in October, and none other than Trey Anastasio came out to play some tunes with his longtime friend and collaborator.See below for a list of Jennifer Hartswick tour dates with Cassarino. For more information, head to Hartswick’s website.Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino Upcoming Tour Dates:1.15 – 1.21.19JamcruiseInternational Waters 2.21.19Ophelia’sDenver, CO2.22.19The Stanley Hotel w. LettuceEstes Park, CO2.23.19The Caribou RoomNederland, CO2.26.19Public HouseCrested Butte, CO2.27.19Shakedown BarVail, CO3.2.19LariatBuena Vista, CO3.3.19Old Town PubSteamboat Springs, COView All Tour Dates