Be Thou My Vision

The Oriel Traditional Orchestra will lead an EU PEACE IV – funded project engaging with music and faith supported by LMETB and Louth County Council. ‘Be Thou My Vision’, which is being developed from early 2021 will culminate in August with a celebration of old and new music and song from the region, performed by those involved in the project.  The EU’s PEACE IV Programme is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). 


‘Be Thou My Vision’ seeks to bring together individuals and groups from different religious and cultural backgrounds with similar interests in music making and local heritage from Louth and neighbouring counties. Participants will take part in creativity sessions aimed at creating new songs, music and spoken word inspired in part by their own life experiences and their vision for the future. Four internationally renowned guest facilitators will lead workshops on music, spirituality, creativity and choral singing from different religious and cultural perspectives.

Singers will join with the orchestra for a final performance of old and new music arranged especially for the Oriel Traditional Orchestra and choir. Many ensembles and choirs have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and this project aims to provide opportunities to reengage in musicmaking.

We welcome expressions of interest from singers and musicians for the project. If you are interested in participating, please contact us by the 1 March 2021 to register. We welcome late applicants also.

The Oriel Traditional Orchestra is a voluntary, cross-border, intergenerational community orchestra and has members from both sides of the border. The project will build on this cross-border ethos and the shared musical heritage will be shared with various groups in the county and particularly within the Dioceses of Armagh. We welcome participants from all musical and religious / non-religious backgrounds in the south Ulster / north Leinster area. 

Match-funding has been provided by The Executive Office and Department for Rural and Community Development.

For more information on ‘Be Thou My Vision’ and other activities of the OTO see or email

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