Waterford scout Johnny Farrell-Doyle from DeLaSalle Scout Pipe Band in Waterford and the 31st Faithlegg was part of the Peace Proms ensemble that have just completed their 2018 UK and Ireland tour. Playing fourteen sold-out shows to venues ranging from The Hub in Kilkenny, to the SSE Arena in Liverpool the Peace Proms is an initiative that brings local school children an opportunity to perform as a member of a choir that accompanies the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland and a range of vocal soloists, pipers, drummers and dancers.
Reinforcing the ethos of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland and it’s mission to promote peace and cross community involvement through the medium of music and the arts, Johnny was “adopted” into the Colmcille Pipe Band from Derry who have supported the Peace Proms tour for many years and have won multiple piping World Championships. A number of eagle eyed audience members noticed Johnny performing in his full scout band uniform and posted their support on the Peace Proms twitter / facebook pages saying it was great to spot the neckerchief on the big stage.
Performing with over 30,000 school children in total during the 2018 season run of fourteen concerts the Peace Proms continues to grow under Music Director Greg Beardsell. With a repertoire including pieces from Beethoven, Disney, Coldplay and musicals like Hairspray there was certainly something for everyone in this high intensity production. The Cross Border Orchestra are always looking for new members so if you’re aged 13-23 and want to perform in Peace Proms 2019 get in touch via their Facebook page (@PeaceProms).
So if you’ve ever wondered what Coldplay sounds like with a full symphony orchestra accompanied by a pipe and drum band have a look here: https://www.facebook.com/peaceproms/videos/1866294190070789/?q=Peace%20Proms%20-%20Cross%20Border%20Orchestra%20of%20Ireland%20coldplay