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Irish Heritage Newsletter March/April 2021
Welcome to the second issue of Irish Heritage’s newsletter for 2021.  We are producing a combined issue for March and April simply because of the impact of the pandemic on the charity’s activities.
  •  2020/21 Music Bursary for Composition awarded to Éire Lavery
  • Volunteers required for new Irish Heritage Management Committee
  • Advance notice of 2021 “Christmas by Candlelight Concert” - date confirmed
  • Fundraising
  • News from Friends and Collaborators

If you have not visited the new Irish Heritage website at recently please take a few minutes to do so as there have been significant additions to the site.


Éire Lavery Awarded 2020/21 Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Composition

Éire Lavery, who is studying for a degree in Composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, is the recipient of the 2020/21 Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Composition.  

The Bursary, which is worth £3,000, was open to young, first or second generation Irish composers studying at recognised music conservatoires and colleges in this country and Ireland.  An encouraging number of entries was received in this the third year of the award.

The theme for this year’s Bursary composition was “Inspiring the Spirit” – a response to the need to enable the joy of music to lift the gloom that has descended on these islands and the world in general as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Éire (19) is the first second generation Irish person to receive the bursary - his mother and grandmother come from Lurgan in County Armagh. 

Announcing the award of the bursary, Audrey McKenna, Irish Heritage’s Artistic Adviser-Ireland, said, “Never has it been more relevant to support our artists in this difficult time. The Arts in particular have kept us going emotionally over the past 12 months when contact has been so distanced. To have new music to perform and for audiences to look forward to hearing it performed in the not-too-distant future keeps the spirit lifted and hope real. We’re looking forward to hearing Éire’s composition premiered in London in April next year."

Irish Heritage is grateful to Dr Sean Doherty of Dublin City University for leading the adjudication of this year’s entries and to the Ireland Funds for their support of the bursary.

Éire Lavery
Volunteers required for new Irish Heritage Management Committee

Following Irish Heritage’s receipt of registered charity status last year, the organisation is required under Charity Commission governance guidelines to separate its governance from its day-to-day management.  As a result the Board of Trustees is responsible for governance and legislation compliance and a new Management Committee takes over responsibility for the day-to-day running of the charity and its activities. 

While the formation of the new committee is under way, more volunteers are needed with expertise in the following areas:  current performing arts experience (ideally in this country and Ireland), event management, digital marketing and social media, communications, fundraising including online fundraising, bursary administration (requires current music education experience) and Irish community contacts.

Being a member of the committee requires a time commitment that is rewarded by working with young, talented Irish musicians, singers and composers who bring the joy of live classical music to audiences in this country and Ireland through the charity’s programmes.

If you are interested in joining the committee and contributing to the valued work of the charity please send a message to and we will be in touch.
2021 “Christmas by Candlelight Concert” - date confirmed

In the belief that the current pandemic restrictions will be a thing of the past by December, Irish Heritage is pleased to announce that it is returning to St George’s Church in Hanover Square, London W1 for its popular “Christmas by Candlelight Concert”.

This year’s concert will take place on Friday 10th December at 7.00pm so make a note in your calendars and watch out for further information on the events page of the charity’s website.


Irish Heritage relies on the success of its fundraising activities to deliver the programmes it undertakes especially its bursaries and community and outreach activity. 

There are two important, annual fundraising events: the Irish Heritage City Dinner and the Irish Heritage Charity Golf Day.  The former is held in February and the latter either at the beginning or end of the summer.  Provisional dates for the 2021/22 season are on the calendar of events.

The City Dinner takes place in a prestigious London location and is based on good food, good company and great entertainment provided by a selection of the charity’s bursary recipients.

The Golf Day usually takes place at an attractive and challenging golf course in the Home Counties, most recently at Batchworth Park in Hertfordshire to the north-west of London.  The day finishes with a dinner at which the charity’s bursary recipients perform.

As a registered charity, support for Irish Heritage qualifies for corporation tax benefits as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes.  Individual donations qualify for Gift Aid if the donor pays income tax in Britain.

If you or your business is interested in supporting the work of Irish Heritage, please send a message to and we will respond immediately.
News from Friends and Collaborators
Maire Carroll

The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival 2021
The dates for this year’s Blackwater Valley Opera Festival are 1st – 5th September. 
The Irish Heritage Bursary recipients’ recital is scheduled for Dromore Yard on Thursday 2nd September at 12.00pm.

Former Irish Heritage bursary recipient and flautist, Amy Gillen, who shared the Festival’s bursary for 2021 in February, will give a recital on Wednesday 1st September.

For further details please visit:

Irish Cultural Centre
Irish Heritage’s friends at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith continue to present a wide-ranging series of recitals, talks and interviews on the Centre’s digital channels.  Further details are available on the centre’s website at:

Maire Carroll
Maire Carroll, Irish Heritage’s first bursary recipient, tells us that her composition Radharc an Chuain (In Sight of the Harbour) is now available to listen to on Spotify, Apple Music & itunes. This piece is inspired by Dublin Port and the journey between Holyhead and Dublin.
You can listen to the single and download it from: 


Apple Music:

Maire plans to release a full “Hidden Pianos” album this year.

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