Cross Border orchestra at Stendhal

STENDHAL Festival of Art is proud to announce that the much heralded Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland will be bringing along a fifteen piece string section to delight all who attend the inaugural event on August 20.

The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) was established in 1995 as a means of bringing young people together from different backgrounds and communities, through the powerful medium of music. Composed of 130 young people from many parts of Ireland, the CBOI is one of Ireland’s flagship peace initiatives and has become the most acclaimed youth orchestra that Ireland has ever produced. In addition, the CBOI provides essential musical education for 5,000 children in schools all over the country and often fills a void where no musical outlet exists.

The CBOI performs regularly to sell out audiences in major venues across Ireland working with top professional musicians including Ireland’s premier conductor, Maestro Gearóid Grant, Tenor, Emmanuel Lawler and Uilleann Piper, Patrick Martin. The orchestra performs music of many genres, including specially commissioned works which celebrate the fusion of cultures on the island of Ireland. The CBOI has gained National and International acclaim for the exceptional opportunities, experiences and education it provides for thousands of young people.

The CBOI 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 at Chicago Symphony Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, the Lincoln Center New York, and in eight cities throughout California.

The CBOI has also performed in many European countries such as Italy, England, Czech Republic and Finland. The orchestra represented Ireland in Rome in April 2008 where they performed a specially commissioned work to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the Flight of the Earls.

The CBOI has also performed for President McAleese at Áras and Uachtaráin; for a special gathering of EU Ministers in Slane Castle; in Dublin Castle to welcome the new British Ambassador David Reddaway to Ireland; and in Armagh as special guests of the North South Ministerial Council to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Belfast agreement.

Organisers of Stendhal Festival said: “We are delighted that the CBOI has agreed to get involved with us, it is a magnificent organisation and we can’t wait to see what their string section has in store for us on August 20”.

Tickets are on sale now at and locally in Limavady at the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre.