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  • Tickets available for popular “Christmas by Candlelight” music and carols concert
  • Irish Heritage appoints Finance Director and Treasurer
  • Recognition for Irish Heritage at RDS Rising Stars concert in Dublin
  • Forthcoming Events – full details at
  • Why not give a “Friend of Irish Heritage” subscription this Christmas?

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 year.

Tickets still available for popular “Christmas by Candlelight” music and carols concert
At St George’s Hanover Square on 19th December at 7.00pm
“Christmas by Candlelight” is now established as one of Irish Heritage’s most popular events and a part of the build-up to the Festive season for many people.
This year’s concert takes place once again in St. George’s Hanover Square in the heart of the West End next Wednesday 19th December at 7.00pm.  Handel’s Church as it is also known, was refurbished in 2010 and provides an appropriate ambiance for Irish Heritage’s seasonal concert.
This year’s programme of popular Christmas Carols and seasonal music features the welcome return of The Arb Ensemble under the direction of Jonathan Darbourne, which was a highlight of the 2016 concert.  They will be joined by mezzo-soprano Jessica Costelloe, baritone Jamie Rock and accompanist Tracey Symon with guest readers His Excellency Adrian O’Neill, Ambassador of Ireland, Angela Brady OBE and Petroc Trelawny from BBC Radio 3.  The audience will be expected to enthusiastically join in the carol singing!
Tickets are £20 each for adults (including wine reception and programme) and £5 for students on production of ID.  Adult tickets are available online in advance via the Irish Heritage website (, there are no booking fees.  Adult and student tickets are available on the door on the evening and are subject to availability.


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Irish Heritage appoints Finance Director and Treasurer

Irish Heritage is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Power-Hynes as its Finance Director and Treasurer with effect from the 1st January 2019.

Mr Power-Hynes replaces Laurence Cahill who has retired after 11 years as Treasurer of the not-for-profit, voluntary, performing arts organisation.

Peter has operated his accountancy and management consultancy practice, now based in Battersea Square, London SW1, for over 40 years.  He comes from Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary.  He trained as an accountant with E&Y in Ireland and is a graduate of St Mary’s College, Twickenham. He is also Finance Director of the ICC in Hammersmith and a Committee Member of the Irish Literary Society.

Commenting on the appointment, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage, said, “We are very fortunate to have secured the services of Peter Power-Hynes who brings a wealth of experience of both the business world and the voluntary sector to the organisation.

“I would like to thank Laurence Cahill for his great contribution to Irish Heritage, he has provided sound financial advice and management as the organisation developed over the past decade.”


Recognition for Irish Heritage at RDS Rising Stars concert in Dublin

The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) held its annual “Rising Stars” concert in Dublin on 28th November in the Society’s Concert Hall in Ballsbridge.

The concert featured Miriam Kaczor, the winner of the 2017 RDS Jago Award, and the RTE Concert Orchestra and was recorded by RTE Lyric FM for future broadcast.

Miriam is an accomplished modern flautist, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, and is now pursuing her studies in London.

Both the President of the RDS, Bernie Brennan and Liz Nolan, RTE Lyric’s compére for the evening, spoke approvingly of the collaboration between the RDS and Irish Heritage with regard to the former’s annual music bursary.


Miriam Kaczor performs with the RTE Concert Orchestra at the RDS

Forthcoming Events – full details at

March 6th
An Evening with Amy Gillen and Friends, St Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone Road,  London NW1 5LT at 7.30pm
Irish Heritage’s 2018 Music Bursary for Performance recipient, the talented flautist Amy Gillen, will be joined by harpist Tara Viscardi and accompanist Brian Hughes, both highly commended in the Bursary auditions, for Amy’s debut concert in London. A memorable evening of great music is assured in the elegant surroundings of Marylebone’s parish church.
Tickets go on sale via on 18th December.

April 3rd
“Showcase Ireland” at the Princess Alexandra Hall, Over-Seas League House, St James’ Street, London SW1 1LR at 7.30pm

This new Irish Heritage venture will bring four supremely talented young performers from Ireland including Killian White, the recipient of the RDS Music Bursary for 2018, for their first appearance in London.  This will be an exceptional evening’s entertainment in the auditorium of the Royal Overseas League in the heart of the West End.

May (date to be confirmed)
An exclusive evening for “Friends of Irish Heritage” at a special venue in the West End.

31st May
Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, Lismore, County Waterford
See the stars of the 2018 Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance in a special recital in the Festival’s unique Dromore Yard venue.  Visit for details.

14th June
Irish Heritage Charity Golf Day at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa. 
Irish Heritage’s popular, annual fund-raising event.  Please contact Tom Scanlon at for further details about participation and sponsorship.


Why not give a “Friend of Irish Heritage” subscription this Christmas?

If you are looking for a different gift for a special person this year, why not enrol them as a “Friend of Irish Heritage”?
By becoming a Friend of Irish Heritage you join a special community of people who are committed to making the dreams of young Irish classical performers and composers a reality and to helping maintain the high quality and breadth of our programme of concerts and other events.
Your subscription provides vital funding for the essential support and performance opportunities Irish Heritage is able to offer talented musicians, singers and composers that are awarded Bursaries or are identified by Irish Heritage’s artistic advisers.
Friends receive the following benefits:

  • An invitation to the annual Music Bursary auditions;
  • A “behind the scenes” experience with an Irish Heritage artist during the season;
  • Ten issues of the Irish Heritage newsletter each season;
  • An exclusive invitation to the Irish Heritage AGM and reception;
  • A discounted ticket for one event each season (the event will be decided by Irish Heritage).

When you become an individual Friend for the first time there is a one-off joining fee of £50 and an annual subscription of £50.  For individuals renewing their Friend’s subscription, the cost is £50 each.
Please note that you will have to buy a ticket for each event that you wish to attend.
For further information and an application form, please visit:  and click on the “Join Us” tab.
For information about becoming a corporate Friend of Irish Heritage for a minimum subscription of £250 please contact Patrick Lennon, Chairman, Irish Heritage at
Without the generosity of our Friends, much that we do at Irish Heritage would be impossible.

Irish Heritage – An Overview

Irish Heritage is a not-for-profit, voluntary, performing arts organisation, established in London in 1974, to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical music and music composed by Irish composers performed by Irish musicians and singers in Great Britain to a wide audience.

It is the only Irish arts organisation in Britain dedicated to helping young Irish musicians and composers in the early part of their careers when their needs are greatest. It awards two valuable Bursaries annually, one for performance, the other for composition.

Irish Heritage presents a programme of public events in established music venues and supports other organisations, including the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival that share its aims in music and the arts.  It has links with the Royal Dublin society and conservatoires in Ireland and Britain to identify emerging, talented young performers and composers.

The organisation’s values: Creativity, Encouragement, Collaboration, Enjoyment and Inclusivity, reflect the legacy inherited from our founder Ethna Kennedy that we are committed to maintaining and enhancing.


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