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  • Opera Gala at John's Smith Square
  • Irish Heritage appoints Patrick Lennon as Chairman
  • Bursary Stars to Perform at Blackwater Valley Opera Festival
  • News from Irish Heritage Alumni

Opera Gala at John's Smith Square

“I'm delighted to be returning to Irish Heritage for their Opera Gala at St John’s Smith Square on 12th April.”

Leading Irish tenor, Owen Gilhooly says, “I'm delighted to be returning to Irish Heritage for their upcoming Opera Gala at St John’s Smith Square on Thursday 12th April.”

 “Irish Heritage offered me my first recital and theatre experiences as a young student in London and it's wonderful to see this championing of young Irish artists continue.”

“I'm very much looking forward to sharing the stage with the wonderful Ailish Tynan and Royal Irish Academy of Music alumni Sarah Brady and Sean Boylan, in a varied and exciting programme that promises to whet the operatic appetite!”

Tickets: £25 each (Students £10) including wine reception and programme are only available from St John’s Smith Square Box Office at or telephone: 020 7222 1061.

Owen Gilhooly, tenor
Irish Heritage appoints Patrick Lennon as Chairman

Irish Heritage announced on 28th March that Patrick Lennon has been appointed Chairman of its Board of Directors with effect from the 1st April 2018.

Mr Lennon originally joined the organisation’s Board in November 2017 to oversee the preparation and implementation of a new marketing and communications strategy.   He owns and manages a marketing and public relations consultancy based in south-west London that is known for its work with Irish business and community organisations including Aer Lingus, London Irish RFC and The Irish Times in particular.

Commenting on the appointment, Mary Connolly, Interim Chair of Irish Heritage, said: “We are pleased that Paddy Lennon has accepted our invitation to become our Chairman.  Although he only joined the Board last year, his support of Irish Heritage over the last 20 plus years has been valuable and his contribution since joining the Board is considerable.  His interest in music and the arts combined with his work and contacts among the Irish community and his international business experience will help to realise our ambitions over coming years.”

“I am honoured to have been asked to take over as Chairman of Irish Heritage in succession to Mary Connolly who has contributed so much over the years,” said Mr Lennon.  “In the short time I’ve been on its Board, I’ve seen at first hand the valuable work the organisation is doing in helping young Irish musicians develop and perform in Britain.  While there are immediate challenges to be addressed, the opportunities for the organisation to play a wider role in promoting Irish music and culture in this country in co-operation with like-minded organisations are immense.”

Mr Lennon is also an advisor to the Kingston Academy of Music in Dalkey in Dublin.

Bursary Stars to Perform at Blackwater Valley Opera Festival

Irish Heritage is delighted to confirm that its 2017 Music Bursary recipient, Adam Heron will perform at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival on 1st June 2018 together with the two highly commended contestants for last year’s Bursary, soprano Rebecca Murphy from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and harpist Maria McNamee from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

They will perform at the Festival’s newest venue, Dromore Yard, a romantic restored 18th century farm on the banks of the river. This special event is presented as a double bill with guests from the Garsington and Nevill Holt Operas.

The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, Ireland’s most beautiful summer music festival, runs from May 29th to June 3rd 2018. More details and booking at

Next Event

Tuesday 12th June 2018 at 7.30pm
Recital by the 2017 Irish Heritage Music Bursary Winner, Adam Heron

Adam Heron, recipient of the 2107 Irish Heritage Music Bursary will give a recital in the elegant surroundings of Leighton House in Kensington (London W14 8LZ) on Tuesday 12th June.  

Adam, who has also qualified for the BBC Young Musician of the Year, will be joined by the two highly commended contestants from last year’s Bursary soprano Rebecca Murphy and harpist Maria McNamee. A wonderful evening of entertainment by these three gifted, young musicians and singer is assured.

This event is a highlight of Irish Heritage’s season and demand for tickets usually exceeds supply.  To ensure your attendance please contact Kathy O’Regan: Tickets including wine reception and programme are £20 each, £10 for students. For further details please visit:
Date for your diary

Friday 28th September 2018
Irish Heritage charity golf day at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa.

The third annual Irish Heritage charity golf day will take place in the beautiful surroundings of Luton Hoo, a former stately home which nestles in 1,000 acres of gardens and parkland created by Capability Brown in Hertfordshire, less than an hour’s drive north of London.

Teams of four will compete over the hotel’s 18-hole parkland course for attractive prizes. The day concludes with dinner and entertainment including performances by Irish Heritage artists.  For further details and to enter a team, please contact Tom Scanlon at

News from Irish Heritage Alumni

Carolyn Dobbin

Carolyn Dobbin has been in touch to let Irish Heritage know about a CD which was released on St Patrick’s night. The CD, the first of a collection of three, features a selection of songs by Irish composers that Carolyn has been collecting for many years.

Songs from the collection will be performed by Carolyn at Ludlow English Song weekend 8th April and then in Belfast on the 11th April.  For more information please contact Carolyn on 07762 386745.
Why not gift an Irish Heritage Membership?
  • Help and support young Irish musicians studying in the UK
  • Up to 10 concerts annually ranging from classical to traditional music performances
  • Meet performers at post-event receptions.
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