€100,000 in Funding for Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland

Members of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland

€100,000 in Funding for Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland

Plus new youth orchestra established in Galway as part of the European Capital of Culture programme.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced funding of €100,000 for the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland.

The sum is part of a total of €250,000 dedicated to supporting cultural co-operation with Northern Ireland. The other €150,000 will go towards a Cooperation with Northern Ireland scheme, which will be launched in the first quarter of 2017.

Minister Humphreys commented:

I am.. delighted to provide a dedicated funding line for the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, which is an ongoing peace initiative composed of exceptionally talented young musicians from all over Ireland – North and South. This time last year, the CBOI helped us set the right tone by performing the opening concert of the centenary year. It is a tremendous organisation and I am pleased to be able to increase its level of support for 2017.

Established in 1995 and supported  by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and other public and private sponsors, the CBOI has performed at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall and the Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai.

Its upcoming Peace Proms concerts, which involve a large number of local schools, will take place in Liverpool (28 Jan), Dublin (4/5 Feb), Belfast (26 Feb) and Limerick (4/5 March).


In other orchestra news, as part of the Galway’s 2020 European Capital of Culture programme, Galway Music Education Partnership is establishing a new symphonic youth orchestra in the west of Ireland titled Sym-Phonic Waves. This is the first year of a four-year development plan. The orchestra will link with youth orchestras in Germany, Finland, Scotland and Spain and aims to create a sustainable music education legacy for young people in the west.

Auditions take place on 5 February 2017. For further details, visit https://goo.gl/BfVmiI or email louise.ryan [at] gretb.ie.


Published on 2 January 2017

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