Kilkenny kids prepare for major choral concert

More than 1,400 primary school pupils from the Kilkenny area took part in two workshops at The Hub, Cillin Hill last Thursday, in preparation for a prestigious choral concert set to take place here next month.

More than 1,400 primary school pupils from the Kilkenny area took part in two workshops at The Hub, Cillin Hill last Thursday, in preparation for a prestigious choral concert set to take place here next month.

The workshops were conducted by the renowned conductor Maestro Geroid Grand, and attended by CBOI Founding Director Sharon Treacy-Dunne. They are rehearsals for the ‘Kilkenny Peace Proms’ in The Hub, which will take place on Saturday, March 2.

At the Proms, the children will perform as choirs alongside the world-renowned Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. The 120-piece CBOI are Ireland’s most acclaimed youth orchestra and a flagship peace initiative that recently sold out the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Over 10,000 children from schools all over Ireland are preparing for Peace Proms. Choirs from primary schools will perform with the CBOI, as well as tenor Emmanuel Lawler, uilleann piper Patrick Martin, violinist Patricia Treacy in addition to the Royal Scottish Pipe Band of Northern Ireland. The programme is packed full of family favourites and showstoppers as well as powerful anthems from the Ulster Scots and Irish traditions.

The CBOI has just returned from monumental tour to the UK where they gave their London debut performance to a capacity audience at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. The historic choral and orchestral fest featured the CBOI at their absolute best, accompanied by the specially formed London Peace Choir made up of 1,000 voices of children from primary schools throughout London.

Their success looks set to continue with the upcoming Peace Proms tour. With concerts in Limerick, Galway, Cork, Kilkenny and Belfast, the group promises to provide truly magical and memorable experiences to audiences nationwide and to the thousands of children involved in the programme.

The CBOI was established as a peace initiative eighteen years ago and is made up of over 120 young musicians from all over Ireland. 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.

Participating local schools include: Kilkenny School Project; Castlecomer Presentation NS; Scoil Mhichil Naofa, Galmoy; Scoil Naomh Bhríde Ballyragget; St Brendan’s Muckalee; St Colmcille’s NS, Inistioge; St John of God Girls NS; St John’s NS; St Lachtain’s Freshford; St Nicholas NS, Windgap; Bunscoil McAuley Rice, Callan; Scoil Bhríde, Paulstown; Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Graignamanagh; Scoil Mhuire; Slieverue NS; St Brendan’s NS, Newmarket; St Canices Co-Ed; St Canice’s Rosbercon; St John of God NS Owning, Piltown; St Joseph’s GNS, Kilmacow; St Leonard’s Dunnamaggin; and St. Patricks De La Salle BNS.

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.

The group has announced Saturday, March 2 as the Kilkenny date, taking place in The Hub. Tickets for Peace Proms are on sale now for €12.50 and can be purchased online from www.cboi.ie and various retail outlets.