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Irish Heritage Newsletter December 2020
Irish Heritage wishes all its friends and supporters a very Happy Christmas and New Year. 

Thank you for your interest and support over the past extraordinary year.

Let us hope that we will see the return of the joy of live music in the New Year.

New Website and Concert Video go live TODAY and “Christmas by Candlelight Concert Video available from 12.00pm

Irish Heritage is pleased to confirm that the charity’s new website at will go live on the internet today (14th December) at 12.00pm.
At the same time the video of Irish Heritage’s “Christmas by Candlelight” virtual concert will be available via the new (and old) website and on the charity’s YouTube channel.
The charity’s new website has been designed and constructed by Thomas Scanlon, an outstanding digital engineer, to whom Irish Heritage is most grateful.

The Covid-19 restrictions have meant that the charity’s popular concert, which usually takes place in Handel’s Church, St George’s in Hanover Square in London’s West End, has had to go virtual for 2020.

Thanks to the support of His Excellency, the Ambassador of Ireland, Adrian O’Neill and his colleagues, Irish Heritage was able to record the concert in the Embassy of Ireland in Grosvenor Place on Monday (7th December).
Five Irish Heritage bursary recipients combined with one artist each from the charity’s friends at the Royal Dublin Society and the Wexford Opera Festival Factory, to perform a programme of music that reflects the spirit of Christmas.

The recorded material has been edited into a 35 minute concert that is available to view free of charge via the Irish Heritage website and YouTube channel.

Please advise your friends and contacts about the concert.

Visit our Youtube channel here:
Annual Irish Heritage Bursary Auditions Go Virtual

Two talented performers from Dundalk and Dublin receive awards

Bursaries with a combined value of over £10,000 were at stake when 10 very talented Irish musicians and singers were nominated for this year’s Irish Heritage Bursary auditions.

The 10 candidates, who represented music conservatoires and colleges from all over Britain, were competing for the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance which is valued at £5,000, the Brackaville Bursary for Vocal Studies valued at £2,500 and the Accompanist Prize for the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival.

In addition to the prize money, the bursaries also involve valuable performance opportunities in London and at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival where recipients will perform on the 2nd June 2021, subject to the current restrictions being lifted.

Because of the Covid-19 lockdown this year’s auditions were conducted virtually instead of at their usual venue, the Wigmore Hall in London.  Video and written submissions from the candidates were judged over the past fortnight by a distinguished adjudication panel consisting of Audrey McKenna, Irish Heritage’s Artistic Adviser for Ireland; Professor Colma Brioscú, Head of Keyboard at the Royal Irish Academy of Music;  Professor Mia Cooper, Leader of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and Dieter Kaegi, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and Director General of Theater Orchester Biel Solothum in Switzerland.

The bursaries were awarded as follows:

The Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance went to Tiffany Qiu (19), a pianist from Dundalk, County Louth, who is studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London;

The Brackaville Bursary for Vocal Studies was awarded to Dominica Williams (30), a mezzo-soprano from Dublin, who is studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Because the recipient of main bursary is a pianist, the Accompanist Prize was not awarded.

Further details are on the Irish Heritage website at
Tiffany Qiu
Dominica Williams
Second series of ICC Culture Hotline finishes this Wednesday

The second series of the ICC Culture Hotline which has been featuring Irish Heritage artists, finishes this Wednesday (16th December) with a recital by Conall O’Neill (Bass).

The recital will start at 2.00pm (UK time) and lasts 45 minutes.  It is easy to access from anywhere in the world by calling 020 3443 9152 from the UK or 0800 031 5925 (toll-free) from the rest of the world and using Conference ID:  135 144 590#. 

Homan Potterton (1946-2020) RIP

Irish Heritage learned with great regret of the death earlier this month of Homan Potterton, a friend and supporter of the charity.

Mr Potterton was an art historian and writer who was director of the National Gallery of Ireland from 1980-88.  At 33, he was the youngest ever director of the gallery.  Previously, he was an assistant keeper/curator at the National Gallery in London.  He was editor of the Irish Arts Review from 1993-2002 and wrote several books about growing up in County Meath.

In recent years he spent his time between Toulouse and London where he attended Irish Heritage concerts and recitals.  A memorial service will be held for Homan in St Patrick’s Cathedral in his native Trim, County Meath in due course.

Irish Heritage extends its sincere sympathy to his family and friends.
News about Irish Heritage People

Marie Carroll launches new collection

Former Irish Heritage bursary recipient, the outstanding pianist and composer Maire Carroll has just released her first CD.  “Hidden Pianos” features 12 original tracks composed and performed by Maire who is accompanied by Dewi Garmon Jones (french horn) and Kristan Swain (flute).

For full details please visit

Marie Carroll

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