Please take the time to read some of the various testimonials from a range of people including Government Ministers & Associates, Parents, Teachers, Pupils and you our audience.
- President McAleese
It gives me great pleasure to send my warmest greetings to the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. In addition to providing a platform for some of the most talented young musicians across Ireland, the Cross Border Orchestra has made an immense contribution to peace and reconciliation on this island.
I wish the musicians and members of the Cross Border Orchestra the very best as they bring their own unique blend of peace, hope and remarkable musical talent to audiences at home and abroad.
- The Secretary of State, Washington
The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland has entertained and enlightened audiences across Europe and North America. Your commitment to musical excellence is only surpassed by the remarkable devotion you share for building bridges of understanding among communities of the border counties of Ireland.
As you prepare to dazzle yet another audience, please accept my sincere congratulations for all your magnificent achievements.
With friendship and best wishes, I remain
Hillary Rodham Clinton
- Richard Daly, Mayor Chicago. Honorary Chair. CBOI Chicago Committee
Just a note to let you know it was a pleasure to meet with you in my office.
The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland plays a unique role in promoting friendship and understanding. Through music, the orchestra is able to unite the citizens of your country and enlighten and entertain countless people. I commend your dedication to and important work with the young people of Ireland.
My best wishes for much continues success in your endeavours.
Richard M. Daly. Mayor
- Dermot Aherne TD
Since it was established the CBOI has become one of the most accomplished youth orchestras in Western Europe, having won a host of prestigious orchestral awards along the way. The members of the CBOI are a credit not only to themselves, their parents, teachers and mentors but also their country. I wish you and the members of the CBOI continued success in the years ahead.
With warmest personal regards
Dermot Ahern T.D.
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
- Annie O Sullivan - Department of Education & Science
Thank you for the opportunity to be present at the Atlantic Rhythms performance on Friday 5th May at the Royal theatre.
It was a splendid performance - well done to all participants, organisers, innovators.
Anne O Sullivan,
Department of Education and Science
- Taoiseach Brain Cowen
I am delighted to express my support and good wishes for the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland.
For the past 14 years, the Cross Border Orchestra has promoted peace and reconciliation and provided a platform for the youth of Ireland, irrespective of their background, to come together and express themselves through the medium of music.
These young people have worked hard and are recognised as one of Ireland’s outstanding orchestras. They are also no strangers to the world stage and have brought joy and delight to the many people who have heard them perform over the years.
Music transcends boundaries and enriches lives. I congratulate the CBOI on the work they have done with schools all over Ireland, giving some 5,000 children a chance to learn and perform music.
I wish all concerned the very best for the future.
With every good wish,
Brian Cowen, T.D. Taoiseach
- Martin Cullen
The CBOI symbolises an Ireland of artistic and cultural excellence, and is an outstanding musical expression of the wonderful tapestry of traditions that make up our nation. The CBOI plays an enormous role in promoting the Arts among young people in Ireland and provides invaluable music education programmes for over 5,000 children annually.May they continue to deliver their message of hope and harmony throughout Ireland, America and beyond.
Martin Cullen TD
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism
- Jeffrey Donaldson
Dear Friends,I am delighted to endorse the excellent work of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, which brings together young people from both sides of the border through the reconciling medium of music. The orchestra represents the best in the proud traditions of this island and seeks to promote peace and reconciliation and to offer the hope of a better future for the next generation. We join them in celebrating the joy of that hope and trust you will take pleasure in their music.
- Martin Mansergh
The Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism are proud supporters of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. Some 130 young members, from communities on both sides of the border, are true ambassadors for Ireland, and represent the best on our islandThey are a symbol of Peace, Hope and Harmony. May they continue to shine.
Dr. Martin Mansergh T.D.
Minister of State with special responsibility for the Arts
- Micheal Martin
Since 1995 The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland has spread universal message of hope and harmony through the powerful medium of music.
I send my congratulations to all members of the orchestra and wish you every success on your latest venture.
- Enda Kenny
As well as delivering highly acclaimed, top class performances in many countries, the CBOI also fulfils an invaluable role in bringing an appreciation of music to schoolchildren throughout Ireland.
All those responsible for the outstanding success of this initiative are to be highly commended for their workI hope that that this special project continues to grow and prosper.
Very best wishes,
Yours sincerely,ENDA KENNY, T.D. LEADER OF FINE GAEL
- Message from a Parent
“As a parent with a child in the choir from Rathmore Primary School I felt very privileged and humbled to be able to witness something at the Waterfront Hall last Sunday that touched me very deeply.
The emotion that I felt whilst watching the energy of the conductor,the response from the orchestra, the haunting melodies and the places the pipes take you within your own soul as only they can, and the innocent powerful presence all the choirs gave with their vocals was something that will live with me for the rest of my life.
I thank you for giving my daughter the chance to experience that and to be honest, for making me a better person with a better outlook for the future of Ireland,both North and South”.Glenn
My eternal thanks and kindest regards,
- What some of our Pupils say
“It was absolutely GREAT, more than words could describe, all the enjoyment I had. The Cross Border Orchestra was brilliant and Gearóid Grant the conductor was amazing and hugely entertaining.” (Teja Karr, 5th Class)
“I loved the Cross Border Show. The conductor was so funny. My family thought he was great. Thank you very very much for showing us the moves and can you thank the conductor for me. Oh by the way, the orchestra was amazing! Thanks very much!” (Eimear Keane, 5th Class)
“To be able to sing with the Cross Border Orchestra was an amazing experience, as the music they played was brilliant! I hope we will be able to go back again next year! Thank you for giving us this fantastic opportunity!” (Lauren O’Grady, 5th Class)
“Thanks for giving us this opportunity, it has been fantastic! I enjoyed it and everyone else enjoyed it! Thank you!” (Laura Fitzpatrick, 5th Class)
“Thank you so much for all the hard work you put in for us. I had a fun time singing and doing the moves, practising in school for the weeks before it. Thank you so much!” (Shauna Heaney, 5th Class)
“The Crossing is an experience I will never forget. Everyone was so kind up there, I was proud to be part of it.” (Sarah Bradley, 6th Class)
The Crossing was an absolutely unforgettable experience! It will stick in my mind for a long, long time.” (Sadhbh Murphy, 6th Class)
“It was a great experience and I loved every minute of it. Well done to the orchestra who were fab!” (Eleanor Rutherford, 6th Class)
- What the Teachers say
Words cannot describe our wonderful experience singing with the ‘yellow choir’ in Cork last Saturday. The children and myself enjoyed every moment of the rehearsal and concert. When writing about the event in school today the word ‘overwhelming’ was used in every essay!
Thank you so much for providing the opportunity for us to participate. It was wonderful for the children to see the orchestra and to be part of such an inspirational concert. Our parents were totally enchanted and loved every moment of it. CBOI certainly lived up to it’s reputation as one of the most acclaimed orchestras that Ireland has ever produced.
On a personal level, I will never forget the magical atmosphere in City Hall and will look upon this concert as the highlight of my career.
Once again, thank you so much and very best wishes to you and the orchestra in future.
I do not know how to thank you and all concerned for “The Crossing”. I am very near retirement and last night was without a shadow of a doubt the highlight of my teaching career. I will always cherish the memory. If you were to return to Cork next year I would defer my retirement, such was the pleasure I got from it. These feelings are shared by the other teachers involved with our choir.
Well done to you all, Yours most sincerely, Mary
My name is Caitríona Ní Thuama and I was one of the teachers involved in the wonderful experience! I just wanted to thank you for allowing us to be part of such a mind blowing experience. Both the kids and I were completely blown away and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!! All of the parents thought it was one of the most amazing performances they had even seen. We would love to be part of such an event should you consider holding it again next year. Thank you sincerely and well done to you!!
We would like to put on record our sincere thanks and appreciation for being given the opportunity to take part in such an uplifting, colourful, enthusiastic and rewarding concert. It was spectacular from start to finish and there is nothing on earth like the sound of a full orchestra in full flight!
The expert direction of Maestro Gearoid Grant was a concert in itself as the man is a power house of energy and has the gift of being able to transmit his love of music and performance to all around him.
Would you please, please pass on our heartfelt appreciation and good will to all those who made the concert happen and if we ever get the opportunity to take part again we would be honoured if you would keep us in mind as it is something every child should experience.
Thank you for what was a great experience for the children in my choir. All the parents, children and teachers were absolutely thrilled with the whole thing. On a personal note, I was really pleased with your own professionalism and that of your team, along with the great skills shown by all but maybe a special mention for Gearóid Grant who was so good towards the children and really brought out the best in them. I (personally) was really enchanted by the orchestra and couldn’t help but become involved with the whole thing and showed my enthusiasm for the whole thing whenever I had the chance on the night. It was due to be my first day off in 5 months and I found myself working but it never felt like work, it was so enjoyable. Again, a huge thank you to you.
On behalf of all from our school involved in Sunday’s performance, teachers, pupils and parents, I have to say it was a most wonderful and enjoyable performance. It was an incredible experience seeing so many young people perform in unison. Our pupils will remember it for a long time.
Your orchestra is magnificent and a huge credit to all who obviously work so hard to bring it all together. The famous words of Winston Churchill come to mind; “ Never have so many…….. “.
May you continue to grow from strength to strength.
Pat and Staff, Greaghrahan
I think you have a winning combination of talent, leadership, passion & energy! It was a pleasure to meet you, and it was great fun to be part of the evening. The Orchestra is wonderful. I hope we can do a repeat performance!
To Sharon and all at the Cross Border Orchestra,
Thanks so much for affording us the privilege to take part in the wonderful occasion that was last night’s concert – such an enjoyable night for everyone. We had a great time and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Everything possible was done by yourselves to make us feel welcome and special, and considering you were doing for the second time that day, it’s even more impressive. Keep up the good work and best of luck on the trip!!!
Áine and Annette, Dhún Dealgan
Just a quick note to say that yesterday afternoon’s performance was thoroughly enjoyable. Feedback from both pupils and parents has been excellent. It was a project that I am glad we got involved in and an experience that will live long in the children’s memory. I hope that last night’s concert in the Waterfront and today’s concert in Derry are just as successful. Furthermore I hope that your Cross Border Project continues to flourish and thanks again for giving us the opportunity to participate. Finally if you are ever in The Glens of Antrim please feel free to call in. All the best
From Delaware Valley High School to all of you guys! Sharon,
I don’t know where to begin, but I must thank you for your extraordinary work in coordinating last night’s remarkable event. Your careful attention to detail and your timely communications made the entire experience one that my students and I will never forget. What a pleasure it has been to work with you and the rest of your people. The smooth running rehearsals and incredibly exciting performance are a testament to your organizational skills and your calm and affirming approach to a task that would have overwhelmed most.
The best to you…
I hope you all had a safe trip home. The Irish Emigrant gave you a terrific write up and we are inundated with requests for your return!. What a terrific experience. We are forever indebted to CBOI for opening doors to music that until now were locked!
Thank you so much for the privilege given to all of the students involved. The picture will take pride of place in the school office today. There is a major anti climax here….the Christmas show pales in comparison to all that has happened with CBOI.
Bravo to all of you!
THANK YOU for letting us participate in such an amazing event on so many levels. Children, parents, other teachers who came and ourselves had a fantastic day – so thank you for all your hard work and preparation for the event.
Sharon, thanks again,
Everyone from Newcastle just loved the occasion – it was electric. Pupils, parents and staff as yet haven’t quite got the feet back on the ground. We had a special assembly this morning and one parent has just told me the lady who sat beside her turned to her and said, I just feel so full of goodness sitting here in this concert.
Put our name on the list for next year , it was so worthwhile. Anyway thank you for giving our pupils such a wonderful opportunity, we all loved it and wish the CBOI every success in the future.
Many, many thanks,
On behalf of my pupils, their parents, the staff involved in the project and our school I want to say thank-you for the great opportunity to perform with your orchestra. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and the pupils all want to take part again as soon as possible. We will look forward to watching the DVD! The project has resurrected the choir in our school and injected a great enthusiasm for singing and Music into the pupils. Great fun! Thanks again
Sharon, I just want to thank you for the wonderful opportunity that the orchestra provided for our children last Saturday evening. To have the privilege of singing in the wonderful venue that is the Waterfront Hall with a group of such young and talented people to accompany you has no doubt provided memories that will last for many years to come. Those in attendance in the audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance. I wish the group all the very best for the future and pledge our support for your work in the future should we be able to assist in any way. Once again many thanks. Jim , St Brigid’s PS, Ballymena
Thank you so much for providing a small semi-rural school with the opportunity to sing in an amazing setting with an orchestra, conductor and soloist of high quality. All our singers are also musicians and they were particularly fascinated by the orchestra (there have been requests for violins and drums). The children were enraptured by the evening and the parents thought it was just brilliant. Needless to say I thought it was wonderful too.
Good luck with your plans, your travels, your ambitions and your fundraising.
Lesley, Killyleagh PS