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  • Concert on 4th March to Celebrate RDS Collaboration
  • Successful City Fundraising Dinner
  • Showcase Ireland 2 featuring World Premiere of successful Bursary entry


Celebrating five years of collaboration with the Royal Dublin Society

Special concert features the talents of Máire Carroll, Amy Gillen and Kevin Jansson

The collaboration between the Royal Dublin Society and Irish Heritage is five years old this year so we’re celebrating with a special concert on Wednesday 4th March.

The concert features present and past recipients of the RDS music bursaries including pianists Máire Carroll and Kevin Jansson and flautist Amy Gillen, three exceptionally talented performers.

The concert will take place in the elegant Princess Alexandra Hall at Over-Seas House in St James’s in the heart of the West End starting at 7.30pm.

Máire Carroll is an international concert pianist who has performed throughout Europe, Asia, North America and Canada. Shewas the 2018 winner of the RDS Collins Memorial Prize and also received the 2015 Jim McNaughton/Tilestyle Artist Bursary and the 2012 RDS Music Bursary. Máire was the first recipient of the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance in 2015.

Amy Gillen is the most recent recipient of the RDS JagoAward and was awarded the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance in 2018. She is currently completing her Masters in Music Performance in flute at the Royal College of Music in London. Amy’s exceptional talent has already been recognised through the award of multiple prizes and orchestra performances both in Ireland and further afield not least by Sir James Galway.  

Kevin Jansson is a multi-award-winning pianist who ranks among the most gifted musicians of his generation.  He was awarded the RDS Music Bursary in 2019 and is currently studying at the Juilliard Conservatoire in New York with Dr Veda Kaplinsky.  Kevin already has an impressive list of performances to his name, including with Camerata Ireland, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the New York Concerti Sinfonietta in Carnegie Hall.

Given the widely acknowledged talent of the three performers, a superb evening’s entertainment is assured.

Tickets are £20 each for adults (including wine reception and programme) and £5 for students on production of ID.  Adult tickets are available online via (there are no booking fees) and on the door; student tickets are only available on the door on the evening.

Pictured (top to bottom): Máire Carroll, Kevin Jansson, Amy Gillen

Successful Inaugural City Fundraising Dinner

Irish Heritage’s inaugural City Fundraising Dinner took place in the elegant surroundings of Bakers’ Hall, home of the Worshipful Company of Bakers’, last Thursday evening (13th February).

Guests attending the event enjoyed a champagne reception, an excellent four course dinner and entertainment.  The latter was provided by two of Irish Heritage’s 2019 Bursary recipients, violinist Mollie Wrafter and soprano, Ellen Mawhinney who were making their first appearances in London since receiving their awards last November.  Harpist Tara Viscardi entertained guests during the reception and later accompanied Mollie and Ellen.

Welcoming guests to the dinner, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage said that the organisation “would be unable to fulfil its mission without the support it receives from across the community including the Emigrant Support Programme, the Ireland Funds, the Irish construction industry in London and by the involvement of Irish Heritage’s Friends membership.”

Mr Lennon went on to acknowledge the attendance of representatives of Falcon Green, the organisation’s first corporate supporters led by Joseph Sweeney, and Lifestyle Residences and its Chief Executive, John O’Neill.

The evening was organised by Irish Heritage’s Directors Tom Scanlon and Mary Connolly and its Artistic Adviser, Audrey McKenna.

Such was the success of the event Irish Heritage has already decided to repeat it early in 2021.

Pictured (left to right) are: Ellen Mawhinney, John O’Neill, Lifestyle Residences; Linda Tanner, Irish Youth Foundation; Lady Mary Hatch, Patron Irish Heritage; Mollie Wrafter and Patrick Lennon, Chairman Irish Heritage.
Pictured (left to right) are: Mollie Wrafter, Mary Connolly, Tom Scanlon, Audrey McKenna and Ellen Mawhinney.

Save the Date- Showcase Ireland 2

Last year’s inaugural “Showcase Ireland” concert proved very popular with Irish Heritage’s audience so readers will be unsurprised to learn that we’re repeating the event on Wednesday 22nd April.

This year’s concert will feature new Irish rising stars, both musicians and singers, and like last year, the world premiere of the successful entry in Irish Heritage’s 2019/20 Music Bursary for Composition.

The concert will take place in the Princess Alexandra Hall in Over-Seas House in St James.  Make a note of the date and watch out for further details.

Outreach and Community Programme – New Dates

Irish Heritage’s new Outreach and Community programme of afternoon recitals in the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith will resume in April and May.

Flautist Amy Gillen will perform on Tuesday 5th May in a recital starting at 3.30pm. Details in our next newsletter.

News from Friends

One of Irish Heritage’s young friends, pianist Peter Regan has been in touch with news about Dúlamán, a concert which will take place in the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith on April 17th 2020 at 8:00 p.m. 

The concert will feature traditional Irish music andcontemporary Irish classical music reharmonised in jazz style. 

Dúlamán’s mission is “to celebrate the traditional music people already know and love, to cast new light on this music by presenting it from the fresh perspective of jazz harmony and to open people’s hearts and minds to the fabulous classical music being composed by Irish composers today.”

For further information about the event please contact Peter at



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