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Uplifting peace proms event leaves audience 'full of hope'

Members of the Cross Border Orchestra performing at the Peace Proms 2017, held at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Picture by Cliff Donaldson

A CROSS-community 'Peace Proms' event, which promised to leave audiences "uplifted, renewed and full of hope for a brighter future" has taken place.

The event at the SSE Arena on Sunday featured the critically acclaimed Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) as well as 3,500 children from Northern Ireland primary schools, who make up the Belfast Children's Peace Choir.

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.

They were symbolically dressed in plain white t-shirts representing peace and harmony, and sang a programme filled with family favourites including Disney and pop medleys, and peace anthems including Michael Jackson's Heal the World.

Conducted by internationally acclaimed UK music educator Greg Bearsell the line-up also included an array of champion dancers from the Michelle Johnston School of Highland Dance in Belfast and the Rooney, O'Malley, Maguire School of Irish Dance in Newry; as well as champion solo Bagpiper Grahame Harris and the World Champion Colmcille Pipe and Drum Corps from Derry.

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