Christ the King PS choir are busy rehearsing ahead of the biggest concert of their lives in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast this Sunday when they will take part in the prestigious Peace Proms.
The 35-strong choir is the only representatives from the Omagh area to join a thousand other schoolchildren from across Northern Ireland for this special concert.
In all, over 10,000 children from schools all over Ireland are preparing for Peace Proms, a very special series of 14 concerts in Limerick, Galway, Cork, Kilkenny and Belfast.
Choirs from the selected primary schools perform with the internationally acclaimed Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI), led by Ireland’s premiere conductor, Maestro Gearóid Grant.
Sunday’s concert will also feature one of the finest tenors Emmanuel Lawler, renowned uilleann piper Patrick Martin, outstanding violinist Patricia Treacy in addition to the magnificent Royal Scottish Pipe Band of Northern Ireland.
The programme is packed full of family favourites and showstoppers as well as powerful anthems from the Ulster Scots and Irish traditions.
The school’s choir leader, Joanne Donnelly, said excitement is intensifying in the school ahead of the big performance on Sunday.
Ms Donnelly said, “Everyone is practising very hard and although there may be a few nerves come Sunday everyone is really enjoying the experience.
“To be selected to be part of this prestigious event is a great honour for all associated with the school and all the pupils involved have been working really hard since we heard the news in October.
“They are singing eight songs and also have been learning dance routines, which they have enjoyed most. There are a few fun children tunes like ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, but then there are also some to symbolise the meaning of peace such as “Crossing Borders.
“With all the hard work done, it is all about enjoying the occasion this Sunday.”
The CBOI has developed Peace Proms over the past 18 years as a unique music education programme. Peace Proms is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Department of Education and Skills and is recognised as one of Ireland’s most important arts education initiatives, providing outstanding cultural opportunities for young people while promoting peace, unity and tolerance through music.
Tickets for Peace Proms are onsale now for the special price of £10 and can be purchased online from www.cboi.ie and various retail outlets.