Start of Season Message from the Chairman
I had hoped that this Newsletter would bring you details of Irish Heritage’s programme for 2020/21, our 46th season. Unfortunately, like so many other performing arts organisations, we have to follow government guidance and accept that we cannot organise concerts and recitals with live audiences for the foreseeable future.
We have had to cancel the events we had planned until December 31st including the popular “Christmas by Candlelight” concert. We intend to offer a full programme between January and June 2021 subject to government guidance.
While that is the disappointing news, there is positive news to report. IH is collaborating with the Irish Cultural Centre on its ICC Digital and ICC Culture Hotline activities as part of our outreach programme – further details are below.
Thanks to tireless efforts of our trustee Tom Scanlon and his team and the support of our sponsor Falcon Green, the Irish Heritage Charity Golf Day is taking place on Friday 2nd October at Batchworth Golf Club, near Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire, see below. This event generates valuable funds for our bursary programme and we’re grateful that it is able to take place within the current Covid-19 guidance.
We will offer four bursaries again this season, one for performance, one for composition, the Brackaville Bursary for Vocal Studies and the special Accompanist’s Award – see below.
Our collaborations with the RDS and Blackwater Valley Opera Festival are alive and well but frustrated for 2020.
With an eye towards the charity’s 50th anniversary in 2023/24, we have reviewed the current branding and website and are in the process of producing a new, fresh and modern approach to both that you will hear more about shortly.
In order to comply with Charity Commission guidelines and best practice, we are forming a Committee to be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the charity leaving the Trustees to fulfil the governance and supervision role expected of them. We are seeking energetic and enthusiastic people to join the new Committee which we intend to have operational by 1st January 2021. If you or anyone you know who has something to offer Irish Heritage and would like to be involved, please contact me.
Thanks you for your interest and support, take care and stay safe.