Peace Proms

Choral Training & Performance Opportunities For 35,000 Children

  • Free choral education and performance programme
  • 3,500 children in each arena performance
  • 600 primary schools across Ireland, NI & GB

Peace Proms is a free choral education and performance programme for primary school children across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

Established in 2002, Peace Proms is the flagship initiative of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI), the island’s most celebrated and award-winning youth orchestra which has performed to sell-out audiences all over the world – from New York, to London, to Shanghai.

More than 35,000 children from 600 schools and from all socioeconomic backgrounds across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain actively participate in Peace Proms each year.

CBOI delivers 30 Peace Proms choral workshops annually, with more 1000 children in attendance at each. This culminates in 15 Peace Proms concerts in premier arenas across the three jurisdictions each year, with choirs of up to 3,500 children singing at each event.

Children are given the opportunity to perform with the full symphony youth orchestra (CBOI) and work with leading professional conductors.

During the programme, participating children will develop vocal technique, presentation and performance, and immerse themselves in a variety of musical styles and genres.

The aim of Peace Proms is to make the Arts accessible to communities regardless of their socioeconomic or cultural background.

The musical programme is tailor made to ensure it is fun and engaging for children aged between 8 and 12 years. It fulfills important educational requirements and is very rewarding to teach. The end performance is an inspirational and thrilling experience for choirs, teachers, parents and audiences alike.

Applications to be a part of Peace Proms are open to all primary schools. Each school is provided with a free Choral Education Pack which contains sheet music, backing tracks, choreography videos, curriculum links and project suggestions.

To register your school’s interest for inclusion in the Peace Proms programme click here

We are delighted to announce that Peace Proms 2024 concerts will take place in Dublin, Belfast, Limerick and Waterford

Once again, our conductor is internationally acclaimed Maestro Greg Beardsell. The programme promises to be an epic and thrilling celebration of youth, live music, and sheer talent, with everything from rocking vocal and violin solos, to majestic Bagpipe and Uilleann pipe melodies, to powerful pop and peace anthems.

Peace Proms 2024 will bring a shared love for music and passion for peace to evergreater numbers of children, schools, communities and live audiences throughout the world.

To register your school’s interest for inclusion in the Peace Proms programme click here

 What Does Participating In Peace Proms Involve?

1) IN-SCHOOL LEARNING: With their teachers, children learn up to eight songs or medleys in different genres. Schools are provided with downloadable choir packs and rehearsal tracks.

2) REGIONAL WORKSHOPS: Each school participates in ONE regional workshop which will take place in November during school hours. The workshop is facilitated by Peace Proms’ internationally-renowned conductor, Greg Beardsell.

3) PEACE PROMS CONCERT: All schools perform with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland and a host of top soloists in ONE concert which will take place in the Spring.

What Age Group Is Peace Proms For Peace Proms is recommended for the following age groups.
a) Republic of Ireland Schools – 3rd class and upwards.
b) Northern Ireland Schools – P4 and upwards.

Registering Your School’s Interest

Only schools which submit a completed ‘Registration of Interest’ form will be eligible to participate in the Peace Proms programme. Submitting your ‘Registration of Interest’ does not guarantee your school a place in the programme. The number of children registered in the Registration of Interest form is the maximum that will be permitted in your choir.

Following submission of your ‘Registration of Interest’, there will be two rounds of offers. Round 1 offers are usually made to successful schools in September. All other schools will be placed on a reserve list and will be notified to that effect. In order to secure a place, schools which are successful in the Round 1 offers, must complete their full application through the Peace Proms database by the end of September (dates may vary each year). Round 2 offers will follow in early October

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