Laghey Primary School children shine for Tyrone at the Peace Proms

Peace Proms at Belfast Odyssey
Peace Proms at Belfast Odyssey

A contingency from Laghey Primary School in Killyman took their place amongst 3,000 children from across Ireland for the Peace Proms.

Supported by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland the dazzling Peace Choir came together on February 8, to sing their little hearts out to a crowd of thousands at the Odyssey.

Opened by Belfast Lord Mayor Nicola Mallon, and attended by Justice Minister David Ford, the event was hailed as one that fostered “a sense of inclusion and tolerance” in all who took part.

Rev Harold Good, who has been involved with the Cross Border Orchestra for some years, had nothing but praise for the “incredible initiative”, as well as the inspirational woman who brought it all together.

Speaking of her great vision to build an orchestra of young people from different traditions, from across the border, he told a packed Odyssey how the idea came together in Sharon Tracey Dunne’s, mind after the ceasefire of 1995.

“If we want people to live in harmony, the best way is to teach them to play and sing together in harmony,” he said.

Opened by the orchestra with a fantastic medley of James Bond theme tunes, US-born Master of Ceremony Colm Riley then introduced himself before taking on Cry me a River.

The Peace Choir then stood for their first number, Pharrell’s Happy, which was quickly followed by the electrifying Patricia Tracey on violin with Riverdance.

Throughout the evening, the audience was treated to singer Megan Ruby Walsh’s amazing voice more than once after her spine-tingling version of Hallelujah.

Irish dancers, singers, an Uileann piper, bagpipers, drummers, singers and flappers all flaunted their talents, interspersed throughout the evening with a range of numbers from 3,000 little voices, singing together beautifully to make one very big noise.

At one stage the night turn a turn for the spooky with ghosts, ghouls, a marshmallow man, Beeltlejuice and Frankenstein spreading some chills through the audience to the Adams Family theme.

Bohemian Rhapsody, Ireland and We are the Champions all got the crowd riled up before the Peace Choir took on the song that everyone has been talking about this year - Let it Go.

A buzzing crowd, said the evening went very well.