Cross Border Orchestra has talent search for Carnegie Hall concert

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The renowned Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland is performing at Carnegie Hall, New York on 30 October later this year.

The renowned Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland is performing at Carnegie Hall, New York on 30 October later this year.

To celebrate their incredible achievements over the past 20 year, the CBOI has launched a national talent search called The Soloist.

The Soloist will give one young talented singer, musician or dancer the incredible opportunity to perform with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York in October.

In addition to performing at Carnegie Hall, the winner also receives a €1,000 cash prize and the opportunity to perform with the CBOI at premier venues throughout Ireland in 2015. including the Waterfront Hall, Belfast; City Hall, Cork and the RDS Dublin.

The Soloist is open to all amateur musicians between the ages of 12 – 23 years.

Contestants can sing, play and instrument or dance in any genre from - classical, pop and traditional to jazz, folk and country.

The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) was established in 1995 as a peace initiative and is now composed of over 100 young people from all over Ireland – North and South. As an internationally acclaimed youth orchestra, the CBOI has performed to sell out audiences at all major venues in Ireland, and many throughout the world including the Royal Albert Hall, London; Carnegie Hall, New York; Chicago Symphony Hall; and the Oriental Arts Centre Shanghai where they won an international music award for outstanding performance.

The CBOI also plays a vital role in enhancing music and arts education in Ireland and beyond through their Peace Proms program.

Peace Proms is a choral, education program for primary school children, which impacts 17,000 children from approximately 500 schools throughout Ireland each year.

The orchestra represented Ireland, the UK and Europe at the historic World EXPO in Shanghai in 2010 where they received an award for the most outstanding international performance.

The orchestra has toured to the United States many times, and is the only amateur organization in Ireland’s history to have sold out Carnegie Hall, New York. The CBOI repeated this success on many occasions selling out prestigious venues including Chicago Symphony Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, the Lincoln Center New York. The CBOI as also sold out concerts in eight cities throughout California.

The CBOI has performed in many European countries such as Italy, England, Czech Republic and Finland.

The CBOI has performed for President McAleese at Áras and Uachtaráin and Queen Elizabeth 11 at Hillsborough Castle.

Over 300 talented young musicians from all over Ireland and Northern Ireland will compete for this sensational Soloist prize.

The Louth heats will take place at the Town Hall, Dundalk on Thursday 31 July at 4pm and 7:30pm. The grand final will take place at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin on Sunday 3 August at 6pm.