Peace Proms 2013

Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland 

Promoting Peace and Reconciliation and Excellence in Music Education and Performance 

The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) organises the National Peace Proms 2013. Peace Proms is a choral music education programme which is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Department of Education and Skills and is now recognised as one of Ireland’s most important and valuable Arts Education initiatives. Over 7,000 children from Primary Schools throughout Ireland participate in Peace Proms annually.

The “Peace Proms” phenomenon was conceived and developed by the directors of internationally renowned Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) over the past seventeen years. From small beginnings, the programme now involves over 7,000 children from all over Ireland. ”Peace Proms” is a unique and very special music education programme which gives young people the opportunity to perform with a full symphony orchestra at some of the country’s top venues, and work with some of the Ireland’s leading professional musicians and conductors.


 “Peace Proms 2013” includes a series of gala concerts at top venues throughout Ireland, during February and March:

  • NUI, Limerick. 27th January 2013
  • Kingfisher Hall, NUI Galway. 9/10th February 2013
  • City Hall, Cork. 23rd February 2013
  • The Hub, Kilkenny. 2nd March 2013
  • Waterfront Hall, Belfast. 3rd March 2013

“Peace Proms” is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Department of Education and Skills and is recognised as one of Ireland’s most important Arts Education initiatives, providing outstanding cultural opportunities for young people while promoting peace, unity and tolerance through music.


The CBOI was established as a peace initiative almost seventeen years ago. The orchestra gained international recognition following sell out performances at world renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, New York; Chicago Symphony Hall; Boston Symphony Hall, and major venues throughout California and Europe. Only last year the CBOI won an international award for the “Most Outstanding Performance” and the Shanghai Expo in China. The CBOI will make their London debut at the Royal Albert Hall in October next.


The CBOI has performed for President McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin; for Queen Elizabeth II at Hillsborough Castle; for many special international Ministerial gatherings at Slane Castle and Dublin Castle; for numerous national commemorations including the Battle of the Boyne ; the 10th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement; the 30th anniversary of the twinning of Listowel and Downpatrick, and the 400th Anniversary of the Flight of the Earls in Rome.


February’s “Peace Prom” was led by Ireland’s premiere conductor Maestro Gearóid Grant, and featured Ireland’s best loved tenor Emmanuel Lawler, renowned Uilleann Piper Patrick Martin, and outstanding Violinist Patricia Treacy, in addition to drum and piping corps. The programme was packed full of family favourites and showstoppers, as well as powerful anthems from the Ulster Scots and Irish traditions. The unique and magical sound of the CBOI is the best imaginable way to introduce young people to music. The CBOI has changed the concept of Orchestra into something powerful, moving and very very exciting.


The CBOI is a registered charity and totally not-for -profit. All funds generated through ticket sales cover the cost of running this programme in which 7,000 children participate annually.




Concert day rehearsal with orchestra: Saturday 9th. February: 12 noon – 1pm


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