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The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) was established in 1995 as a peace initiative and is composed of over 100 exceptionally talented young musicians from all over Ireland – north and south. Over the past 20 years, the CBOI has played an important role in building and nurturing vital cross border and cross community relations.

This internationally acclaimed and award winning youth orchestra has performed to sell out audiences at all major venues in Ireland, and many throughout the world including Carnegie Hall New York (2005 and 2014); the Royal Albert Hall, London; Boston Symphony Hall; Chicago Symphony Hall; and the Oriental Arts Centre Shanghai; the World Trade Expo, Shanghai where they won an international music award for “Outstanding Performance”.

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As the orchestra of first choice for National celebrations and commemorations, the CBOI has had the honour of performing for Queen Elizabeth II at Hillsborough Castle and for Presidents and Ambassadors at Áras and Uachtaráin and Dublin Castle.

The CBOI also plays a vital role in enhancing Music and Arts Education in Ireland and beyond through their Peace Proms program.  Peace Proms is a choral education program which impacts 20,000 primary school children in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This programme is recognised as Ireland’s most valuable Arts Education initiative.

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The CBOI plays a unique blend of symphonic traditional and folk music, which evokes the rich heritage and culture of Ireland. This full symphony orchestra also incorporates traditional instruments for example Uilleann Pipes and Bagpipes. Our core message of universal peace remains central to our music and our mission.

Originally funded through EU Peace Funds, the CBOI is now self-supporting and depends on the generosity of our sponsors. We are deeply indebted to all our donors in the US and Ireland especially Larry and Kate Goodman and the Goodman Foundation; the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Department of Education and Skills, Paul and Tish McGowan and Hilco U.K



“To pull down a concrete wall, one needs a bulldozer. To break down barriers of prejudice and bitterness built by people between themselves, one needs something gentle that reaches out to every heart, which can be mutually shared, learned, taught and enjoyed. Music fits the bill. Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI), a youth orchestra, proved this when it came to Shanghai in October 2010.” Global Times