Laghey Primary School to sing at the Peace Proms

Laghey Primary School Choir
Laghey Primary School Choir

Laghey Primary School in Killyman is one of just two Tyrone schools that have been given the opportunity to perform in the 2015 Peace Proms at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

A choir of boys and girls from the rural school have been hard at work practising musical numbers including Pharrell’s Happy song, Big Swing and One Direction tune Melody.

Accompanied by the cross border orchestra, conducted by Gearoid Grant, they will take to the stage on February 8 amongst 2,500 children from across Northern Ireland and the Republic.

And will be joined by a host of other talented musicians and performers, including tenor Emanuel Lawlor and Uileann Piper Patrick Martin.

Speaking about the school’s part in this historic event, Miss Martin, Laghey’s director of music, said: “It is a great privilege to be involved in a show that will make history and showcase the talent of our children while promoting peace, unity and tolerance through music.

“The children have been working extremely hard and I am very proud of each and everyone them.

“They had to learn a host of songs [and] we had the great privilege of being involved in a workshop with Gearoid Grant on January 19 at the Ramanda Hotel Belfast alongside some of the other choirs that will be there on the day.”

Mrs Burns, who has been helping Miss Martin to get the choir ready for one of Northern Ireland’s largest ever musical and cultural performances, has described their involvement as “an opportunity of a life time”.

While school principal, Mrs Coleman added: “All the staff at Laghey would like to wish the choir all the best for their performance at the Peace Proms, we really hope they enjoy the whole experience.”

Tickets for the Peace Proms, on February 8, 2015, are available from the Odyssey Box Office at www.odysseyarena.com/odyssey-box-office, by calling 028 9073 9074 or emailing boxoffice@odysseyarena.com.