Peace Proms takes place at the Hub, Kilkenny at 2pm and 7pm this Saturday 2nd March.

The Hub, Kilkenny has agreed to increased the capacity and as a result there are a further 100 tickets available for each concert.

TICKETS are available from (€12:50 + booking fee of €2 PER TRANSACTION).

Click here for a fabulous clip of the Peace Proms Rehearsal held last month in preparation for the concerts


  • Combined Peace Choirs - 750 member children’s choir from Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford, Waterford, Tipperary, Kildare and Dublin
  • Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland - 120 member youth and professional orchestra
  • Gearóid Grant - Conductor
  • Emmanuel Lawler- Tenor Solo and MC
  • Patricia Treacy - Violin Solo
  • Patrick Martin - Uilleann Pipe Solo
  • Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch: - Drum and Pipe Corps

BACKGROUND to the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland and Peace Proms

The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) was established in 1995 as a peace initiative and is now composed of 120 young people from all over Ireland – north and south.

The CBOI is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s flagship peace initiatives and has become one of the most acclaimed youth orchestras that Ireland has ever produced.

The CBOI is not a “classical orchestra”. Our music highlights the pop, folk and traditional cultures of the island of Ireland.

We use all the instruments of a full symphony orchestra but include traditional instruments for example Lambeg Drums, Uilleann Pipes and Highland Pipes.

This year children from almost 300 schools throughout Ireland will perform with the CBOI in Peace Proms.

The CBOI has many notable achievements:

  • The CBOI performed to a capacity crowd at the Royla Albert Hall London in 2012 and is only the 3rd Irish orchestra is Ireland’s history to have peformed there – the last was in 1979.
  • The Orchestra represented Ireland, the UK and Europe at the historic World EXPO in Shanghai in 2010 where they received an award for the most “Outstanding International Performance”
  • The orchestra has toured to the United States many times, and is the only amateur organization in Ireland’s history to have sold out Carnegie Hall, New York. The CBOI repeated this success on many occasions selling out prestigious venues including Chicago Symphony Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, the Lincoln Center New York. The CBOI as also sold out concerts in eight cities throughout California.
  • The CBOI has performed in many European countries such as Italy, England, Czech Republic and Finland.

The CBOI has performed for:

  • President McAleese at Áras and Uachtaráin
  • Queen Elizabeth 11 at Hillsborough Castle (Ensemble performance)
  • Many special international Ministerial gatherings at Slane Castle and Dublin Castle
  • Numerous national commemorations including:
  • The Battle of the Boyne
  • 10th Anniversary of the Belfast Agreement
  • 30th Anniversary of the twinning of Listowel and Downpatrick
  • 400th Anniversary of the Flight of the Earls in Rome.

The CBOI is led by some of Ireland’s top professional musicians including: Conductor, Gearóid Grant; Violinist, Patricia Treacy; Tenor, Emmanuel Lawler; and Uilleann Piper, Patrick Martin.

Over the past 18 years, the CBOI has played an important role in building and nurturing vital corss border and cross community relations.

We are delighted to have established a new link with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch and look forward to showcasing our combiled cultural talents and working with them for a better future.

The CBOI is a registered Charity in Ireland and the UK. All funds raised goes into Peace Proms.