Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland to kick off State’s 1916 centenary celebrations on New Year’s Day
The locally-based Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland will kick off the State’s 2016 celebrations with a New Year’s Day Peace Proms performance at the National Convention Centre in Dublin.
Earlier this week the 100-strong youth orchestra gave a flawless rehearsal in front of Arts Minister Heather Humphreys at Dundalk IT. It was Ms Humphreys who suggested the orchestra get involved as the government commemorates the centenary of the 1916 rising next year.
“It’s going to be a very exciting year and I want young people to be at the centre of 2016,” said Ms Humphreys.
Award-winning composer Patrick Cassidy has written a special score for the orchestra, with a sean nós version of ‘Mise Éire’ and another piece entitled ‘Proclamation’.
The Cross Border Orchestra, which was set up as a peace initiative in 1995, have previously sold out the Royal Albert Hall, the Boston Symphony Hall and the Chicago Symphony Hall, as well as represented Ireland in China and played at Carnegie Hall.
The Peace Proms event will be recorded for national broadcast at a later date.