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Donegal Peace Proms

29 August 2013

800 children from schools all over Co. Donegal will take part in Donegal Peace Proms which will be held in Letterkenny Institute of Technology at 2pm and 8pm on Saturday 26th October.

Choirs will perform with the internationally acclaimed Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) led by Ireland’s premiere conductor Maestro Gearóid Grant. Concerts will feature some of Ireland’s finest soloists including applauded tenor Emmanuel Lawler, renowned Uilleann piper Patrick Martin, virtuoso violinist Patricia Treacy in addition to magnificent Drum and Highland Piping Corps, and dancers from the Ulster Scots tradition.  

Donegal Peace Proms will be a showcase of Ulster Scots and Irish culture; as well as a celebration of the Gathering and Derry/Londonderry City of Culture. Donegal Peace Proms is sponsored exclusively by the Ulster Scots Agency, and has been brought to Donegal thanks to their efforts and those of Paddy Heart, Chairman of the Donegal Gathering Committee. 

The CBOI was established as a peace initiative almost eighteen years ago and is made up of 120 young musicians from all over Ireland including Donegal.  The orchestra recently returned from their sell out debut at the Royal Albert Hall London, and has also performed at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, New York; Chicago Symphony Hall; Boston Symphony Hall, and major venues throughout California and Europe. In 2010 the CBOI won an international award for the “Most Outstanding Performance” and the Shanghai Expo in China.

The CBOI has performed for President McAleese at Áras and Uachtaráin; for Queen Elizabeth ii at Hillsborough Castle; for many special international Ministerial gatherings as well as 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.

In the coming academic year almost 20,000 children from all over Ireland will participate in “Peace Proms” which 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 is a registered charity and totally not-for -profit. All funds generated through ticket sales and sponsorship cover the cost of running this programme in which 20,000 children participate annually.

Tickets for the Donegal Peace Proms are €12:50 or £10 and can be purchased from 

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