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Irish Heritage Newsletter – Special Issue - June 2020
  •  Irish Heritage Granted Registered Charity Status
  • Irish Heritage Bursaries 2020/21 – Update
  • Celebrating Bloomsday on 16th June
  • News from Irish Heritage Alumni

Irish Heritage Granted Registered Charity Status
Irish Heritage was pleased to learn on the 19th May that it had been granted registered charity status by the Charity Commission.

Achieving official charity status has been a long-standing objective of the organisation and is one that will bring considerable benefits, in particular in terms of improved perception in the cultural sector, and in the financing of programmes and fundraising.

In accordance with the Charity Commission’s requirements, Irish Heritage’s objective is to advance public education and appreciation of the arts, particularly that of Irish and Anglo-Irish music, arts, literature and drama of all genres and traditions to the benefit of the community.

Commenting on the recognition by the Charity Commission, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage, said, “This is one of the most exciting developments in the 45-year history of the organisation.  We are very grateful to our legal advisers at Muckle LLP and to all those who provided support and guidance throughout the application process that helped bring it to a successful conclusion.

“We are looking forward to the relaxation of the current Coronavirus restrictions when we can begin to capitalise on our new registered charity status, especially with regard to benefiting from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Gift Aid donations.”

A full programme of events has been prepared for Irish Heritage’s 2020/21 season which will start in late September subject to the lifting of the current Coronavirus restrictions.

Irish Heritage is registered charity number:  1189508.

Other News

We are taking the opportunity of producing this special newsletter to update you on a number of matters that may be of interest.

Irish Heritage Bursaries 2020/21 – Update

Irish Heritage will award three bursaries and one special award in its 2020/21 season.  There will be:
- A Music Bursary for Performance valued at £5,000;
- A Music Bursary for Vocal Studies valued at £2,500;
- A Music Bursary for Composition valued at £3,000;
-  A special Accompanist’s Award associated with the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (value to be confirmed).

In addition, there will be guaranteed performance opportunities both with the Festival and Irish Heritage including a world premiere of the successful composition.

Information and application forms for the three bursaries and the award will be circulated in early September. 

Irish Heritage would like to draw the attention of those interested in applying for the bursaries to a new requirement to take effect from this season.  There will be a pre-audition stage where applicants will be required to submit an MP3/video of them performing an audition piece.  These will be assessed and only those selected by the adjudicators will be invited to take part in the auditions in the Wigmore Hall on Tuesday 24th November subject, of course, to the current restrictions being removed by then.

If readers know of any first or second generation Irish music students that may be interested in the bursaries please advise them to alert their conservatoires or colleges to look out for the information from Irish Heritage in September.

Celebrating Bloomsday on 16th June

Irish Heritage was pleased to collaborate with the Embassy of Ireland in its annual celebration of Bloomsday and James Joyce’s “Ulysses”.

Cork born soprano Molly Lynch joined with accompanist Brian Hughes to record the beautiful melody “I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls”, which was broadcast on the Embassy’s social media channels.  You can listen to it here.

News from Irish Heritage Alumni – Carolyn Holt

Carolyn Holt who was the first recipient of Irish Heritage’s Bursary for Performance and who performed so beautifully in last year’s “Christmas by Candlelight” concert, has been in touch to tell us about her latest business venture.  It is novel and worthy of support, let Carolyn explain:

“Myself and my boyfriend, 
Mark Nathan have started a service called 'SingerGram', where we rewrite, perform and record songs (mostly operatic arias/duets) for people's birthdays/anniversaries/special events. Here is our AD and WEBSITE. We also have FacebookTwitter and Instagram.”

Click on the links in blue above and support Carolyn if you can. Like so many of the young artists Irish Heritage encourages and supports, she is facing a difficult year in terms of work.

The Friends of Irish Heritage

The Friends of Irish Heritage are a special community of people who are committed:

* to making the dreams of young Irish classical music performers and composers a reality and

* to helping maintain the high quality and breadth of Irish Heritage’s activities.

The annual 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.

In response to feedback from Friends, the subscriptions for the 2020/21 season, which is scheduled to start is September, will be:

Individual         £75
Couple             £100

The subscription includes admission to at least five concerts and recitals (normal individual ticket price £20 each) and a start of season event exclusively for Friends. 

Subscriptions qualify as Gift Aid for UK based tax payers.  For further information and an application form, please visit:  and click on the “Join Us” tab.

Without the generosity of our Friends, much that we do at Irish Heritage would be impossible.

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