Ireland 2016 Peace Proms

The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland and 32 – County Children’s Choir

The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland has been invited by Minister Heather Humphreys and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to host a special event as part of the Ireland 2016 State Centenary Programme with a showcase Peace Proms performance at the Convention Centre Dublin on 1 January 2016.

2016 will mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a key moment on Ireland’s path to independence. The Government has launched a wide-ranging and ambitious national commemorative programme embracing an extensive programme of events. The aim of Ireland 2016 is to remember 1916, to reflect on the Republic 100 years on, and to re-imagine our future.

CBOI is an inspirational musical reflection of Ireland’s shared history and journey towards reconciliation and following an invitation from Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys T.D, the Orchestra are delighted to participate in this very special event.

The Government is committed to respecting all traditions on this island equally, and also wishes to place children and young people at the centre of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. A 32-County Children’s Choir will play a central role in this event.

This landmark event, which will be hosted by Minister Heather Humphreys T.D. and performed before an audience of over 2,000 invited guests, will be recorded for national broadcast.




Conductor                 Greg Beardsell

Orchestra                  Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland

Choir                         32-County Children’s Choir

                                  Irish Youth Choir & Ulster Youth Choir

Soloists                       Patricia Treacy, Violin

                                  Emmet Cahill, Tenor – TBC

Megan Ruby Walsh, Soprano

Sarah Richmond, Mezzo Soprano

Amy Banks, Singer

Cormac Keegan, Uilleann Pipes (All Ireland Champion)

Irish Dance                Aine Malone, (U16 Ulster and World Champion)

Anna McCann (U16 runner up Ulster and World Champion)

Orlaith Hollywood (U14 World Champion)

Ulster Scots Dance     Michelle Johnston, Highland Dance (8 times Ulster Champion)

Ellie Andrews (16) (Ulster Juvenile Champion)

Rebekah Keery (13) (Ulster Junior Champion)

Pipes Corps               Colmcille Pipe and Drum Corps, Derry (World Champions)



32-County Children’s Choir

 Invitation to Schools to perform in Ireland 2016 Peace Proms at

The Convention Centre Dublin on 1 January 2016

The Government is committed to respecting all traditions on this island equally, and also wishes to place children and young people at the centre of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. A 32-County Children’s Choir will play a central role in this event.

Schools wishing to participate can apply now online at

  • All Primary Schools in Ireland and Northern Ireland are invited to apply to participate in this special event.
  • The maximum number of participants from each school is 11 choir members and 1 teacher.
  • The Principal from each school will be invited to attend. (1 place)
  • Please consider very carefully before you apply. Please consult with the school Principal, Parents, Choir Director and all concerned. Please be sure that you are in a position to commit to the event before applying.
  • If more than one school from your county applies, a lottery system will be used to pick the successful school.



 Peace Proms Ireland 2016 is ideal for children between the ages of 9 and 13 years.

IRELAND 2016 PEACE PROMS CONCERT DATE – JANUARY 1, the Convention Centre Dublin


  • 8:30am CBOI arrive at CCD
  • 9:00am CBOI on stage for sound check and rehearsal
  • 9:30am Soloists
  • 11:00am Dancers
  • 12:00noon                   Choirs arrive at CCD and go to designated Choir Holding Area
  • 12:30pm Choirs to performance positions on stage
  • 1:00pm Choir rehearsal, with orchestra, soloists, conductor
  • 3:00pm Lunch
  • 4:30pm Choirs to stage
  • 4:45pm Orchestra to stage
  • 5:00pm CONCERT – PART 1
  • 5:55pm Interval
  • 6:15pm CONCERT – PART 2
  • 7:30pm Concert end and all depart.



  1. One World in Harmony
  2. Touch the Sky from the Movie Brave


  1. Ireland’s Call
  2. May We Never Have to Say Goodbye
  3. World in Union
  4. Imagine


  • There is no charge for participating in the project.
  • Schools are expected to cover the cost of buses to and from the concert


  • Choir members must wear a plain white long sleeved shirt/blouse (no logos) and black or navy bottoms 
(trousers for the boys, trouser or skirt and tights for the girls). No legging, jeggings or jeans.
  • On the day of the concert, choirs should arrive dressed in their choir uniform.


  • Choirs will be asked to gather in the holding area on arrival, before being directed to their performance positions.
  • The pre-concert rehearsal must start at the appointed time.
  • Choirs who anticipate lengthy travel times will need to factor in comfort breaks and allow extra time.
  • Choirs should arrive at Convention Centre dressed in their choir uniform as there are no changing facilities.
  • Coats should be collected by teachers and stored in clearly labeled bin-liners, in the holding area.
  • Choirs have a 2 hour rehearsal and 1 hour break before the concert
  • Choirs should bring a good lunches. Lunches should be in a plastic or paper bag. Try to avoid bringing Hold-Alls/Hand Bags/Carrier Bags/Ruck Sacks etc (PLEASE NOTE: Lunch arrangements may change)
  • Choirs will be directed to their performance positions 20 mins before the concert begins
  • Once the concert begins, the choirs must remain on stage at all times. Choirs may not leave the stage at the interval except where it is necessary.
  • Teachers should sit with their group for the concerts, and supervise them at all times. The recommended supervision ratio is 1 teacher to 15 students.
  • Students are not permitted to use mobile phones during the rehearsals or the concert.
  • No recording is permitted (audio or visual) of any part of the rehearsal or performance.
  • No mobile phones, bags, coats or food is allowed on stage.


  • Teachers should dress in a white blouse / shirt and black skirt / trousers – semi-formal.
  • Teachers should sit at the outside edge of the choir
  • Teachers should know all the songs and sing

Peace Proms is presented as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Further details and information on Ireland 2016 is available at


The CBOI is a registered charity in Ireland the USA and the UK.

For further information, please contact:

Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland Central Office +353 4293 70494

Open 10 – 1 and 2 – 5, Monday to Friday


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