Local students are CBOI stalwarts for Peace Proms

Three Kilkenny boys are members of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, which will perform in Cillin Hill on Saturday, March 2.

Three Kilkenny boys are members of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, which will perform in Cillin Hill on Saturday, March 2.

Billy and Sam Jackson (Kilkenny School Project) and Sean Heary (CBS Secondary School) joined the CBOI last October and are thrilled to be playing in The Hub at the Kilkenny Peace Proms. Two concerts will take place at 2pm and 7pm featuring combined choirs of primary schools from Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary and Kildare.

The songs selected send out a clear message of hope and peace which has been the underlying intention of the Cross Border Orchestra since it was founded eighteen years ago.

Sam and Billy Jackson are 11-year-old twin brothers who love music with a passion. Sam plays guitar and Billy plays drums and they are really enjoying the experience of the CBOI, which has already performed at the Peace Proms concerts in Limerick, Galway and Cork this year.

The boys appeared in the televised rounds of the All-Ireland Talent Show in January 2011 and were on The Late Late Toy Show that year. They were invited back to Late Late Show in January 2012. Billy and Sam have also appeared in the St Patrick’s Day Festival, the Rose of Tralee Festival and the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival.

Sean Heary is fourteen years old and plays the trumpet. He began his musical journey in St Canice’s school where he learned violin and piano from an early age and was a member of the award winning A Orchestra. He has played in Feis Ceoil, Kilkenny Music Festival and in The Festival of Youth Orchestras in the National Concert Hall.

Sean discovered the magical sound of the trumpet in fifth class and played in jazzbands under the direction of Eamon Cahill. He currently plays with the CBS jazzband and Kilkenny Wind Ensemble and now studies trumpet with Liam Daly who also tours with the CBOI.

Sean is really enjoying the Cross Border Orchestra and has enthusiastically made the frequent trip to Dundalk to rehearse with fellow musicians from both sides of the border. The orchestra’s repertoire is full of variety and combines the rich musical heritage of the north and south of Ireland as well as many other music genres.

Local primary school children have a wonderful opportunity to perform next Saturday in The Hub with the CBOI, led by Maestro Gearóid Grant. The concerts will feature 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.

Tickets for the concerts are available online and through Essaness Music, Kieran Street, Kilkenny.