Peace Proms

For the first time in the history of Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní), we took part in the Peace Proms concert. This is a wonderful event for the children to be involved with. As the name suggests, the Peace Proms is all about co-operation between North and South. Young people get to work on a common repertoire of songs and then to perform them together.

The Fourth Class children have been learning many medleys of songs  – and associated dance moves! – since September. The big performance took place on Sunday 4th February. The children and their teachers set off by bus to the RDS in Ballsbridge where the concert was to take place. They had a rehearsal at 6.00pm and then the audience arriveed for the show at 8.00pm.

And what a show it was! The arena was full and there was a great atmosphere of excitement. The choir was a joy to hear and there were wonderful performances by soloists from many parts of the country. Dancers from Scotland, a champion uilleann piper from Ireland, solo singers made up the rest of the show and a wonderful night was had by all.

An event like this does not happen without a large group of people working together to make it happen. Ms. Laura Cusack, who has previous experience of Peace Proms encouraged us to enter the event – and we’re very glad she did! A number of other teachers were heavily involved too. The two class teachers, Mr. Seán Devlin and Ms. Kathleen O’Reilly did trojan work with the children throughout the preparation period. On the day of the concert Ms. Anne McKeon, Deputy Principal, Ms. Laura Cusack, Ms. Sinéad Toomey and  Ms. Rachel Dudgeon accompanied the girls to the concert. The Principal, Mrs. Siobhán Kirwan Keane was there too, as were many parents of the children involved. A great night was had by all. Our first involvement with Peace Proms was a great success and we look forward to taking part in this wonderful venture in the future.

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