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  • Successful Bursary Auditions at Wigmore Hall
  • New Outreach Programme at ICC
  • Christmas by Candlelight

One of the busiest Octobers in Irish Heritage’s 45 year history came to a close with an entertaining and educational “Harps of Ireland” concert; that was preceded 24 hours earlier by the first recital in our new Outreach and Community Programme at the ICC in Hammersmith; then we had the announcement of our first corporate friend – Falcon Green.  As if that wasn’t enough, we entered November with our Bursary Auditions.
You can read about these activities below with much more detail to be found on

Don’t forget tickets for our popular “Christmas by Candlelight” concert are on sale via the website, this year’s concert promises to be our best to date.


Successful Bursary Auditions at Wigmore Hall

Three very worthwhile prizes were at stake when 12 very talented Irish musicians and singers met in the elegant surroundings of the Wigmore Hall in London on Thursday 7th November.

Three and a half hours of auditions before a distinguished adjudication panel resulted in the bursaries being awarded as follows:

The Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance went to Molly Wrafter, a violinist from Tullamore in County Offaly, who is studying at the Royal Northern College of Music;

The first Brackaville Bursary for Vocal Studies was awarded to Ellen Mawhinney, from the north of Ireland who is studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland;

The special Accompanists Prize for the Blackwater Valley Opera /Festival went to Justine Gormley from Belfast who is also studying at the Royal Northern College of Music.

 Irish Heritage audiences will have opportunities to hear the talented performers at events during the season.

Pictured (left to right are) Dieter Kaegi (adjudicator), Molly Wrafter, Simon Aspell (adjudicator) Justine Gormley, Ellen Mawhinney and Audrey McKenna (adjudicator).
New Outreach Programme at ICC off to a good start

Irish Heritage’s new Outreach and Community Programme got off to an encouraging start at the Irish Cultural Centre (ICC) in Hammersmith on Wednesday, 23rd October.

The first in the series of afternoon recitals, especially arranged for people who are unable to attend evening performances but who enjoy live classical music, was delivered by harpist Tara Viscardi.

Tara’s 45 minute recital, which included music by classical as well as Irish composers, was much enjoyed by the audience in the Centre’s auditorium.

The next recital in the series will take place on Tuesday 19th November and will feature Brian Hughes (piano/keyboard) and Sarah Walshe (violinist).

Tickets (£5.00 per adult) are available on the door or via 
 Picture: Tara Viscardi entertains the afternoon audience at the ICC.
Falcon Green supports Irish Heritage

Irish Heritage is pleased to announce that Falcon Green has become its first “corporate friend”. The company has committed to supporting Irish Heritage’s education, events and outreach programmes for the coming three seasons.
Falcon Green is a national, specialist construction and engineering recruitment agency. From offices in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Dublin, it works with leading contractors, property developers and engineering companies providing them with a wide range of professional and technical permanent and temporary staff. 

You can find out more about the company at

Christmas by Candlelight on 16th December – Book Now

Christmas by Candlelight is one of the most popular events of Irish Heritage’s programme and an established part of the build-up to the Festive season for many people.

This year’s concert takes place once again in St George’s Hanover Square in the heart of the West End on Monday 16th December at 7.00pm.  Handel’s Church as it is also known, was refurbished in 2010 and provides an appropriate ambiance for Irish Heritage’s seasonal concert.

This year’s programme of popular Christmas Carols and seasonal readings with an Irish flavour features The Arb Ensemble under the direction of Jonathan Darbourne, soprano Carolyn Holt who was the recipient of the first Irish Heritage Bursary or Performance in 2015, and accompanist Brian Hughes with guest readers His Excellency Adrian O’Neill, Ambassador of Ireland, Cecilia Gallagher of the Women’s Irish Network and Petroc Trelawny of BBC Radio 3.

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.

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Entertaining and Informative “Harps of Ireland” Recital

Irish Heritage started its 45th season with an entertaining and informative “Harps of Ireland” recital in the stunning surroundings of the Wolfson Room of the British Academy in London on Thursday last, 24th October.

The recital featured two leading exponents of the harp: Siobhan Armstrong who is one of Europe’s foremost historical harpists and Clare McCague, a talented solo, chamber and orchestral harpist who is recognised as the leading authority on the life and compositions of Boleyne Reeves, Ireland’s leading nineteenth century pedal harpist.
Clare made her London debut with the recital - the latest, gifted Irish musician that Irish Heritage has provided with that special experience.

Commenting on the recital, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage, said, “Our audience enjoyed an exceptional evening thanks to the informative insights given by Siobhán and Clare to the history of the harp in Irish culture and music and to their superb playing.”
Pictured (left to right) at the British Academy are Clare McCague and Siobhán Armstrong.
The Friends of Irish Heritage – Season 2019/20

By becoming a Friend of Irish Heritage you join a special community of people who are committed to making the dreams of young Irish classical performers and composers a reality and to helping maintain the high quality and breadth of our programme of concerts and other events.

Your 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.

The annual subscription for the 2019/20 season is £75 this includes a season ticket for the organisation’s five recitals and concerts.  It also includes a complimentary guest ticket for one event.

When you become an individual Friend for the first time there is a one-off joining fee of £50, when added to the annual subscription that makes a total of £125 for the first year.

For further information about becoming a Friend and an application form please contact or visit the Friends pages on the website.

For information about becoming a corporate Friend of Irish Heritage, including event sponsorship opportunities, for a minimum subscription of £250 please contact Patrick Lennon, Chairman, Irish Heritage at

Irish Heritage – An Introduction

Irish Heritage is a not-for-profit, voluntary, performing arts organisation, established in London in 1974, to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical music and music composed by Irish composers performed by Irish musicians and singers in Great Britain to a wide audience.

It is the only Irish arts organisation in Britain dedicated to helping young Irish musicians and composers in the early part of their careers when their needs are greatest. It now awards three valuable Bursaries annually, one for performance, one for composition and another for vocal studies.

Irish Heritage presents a programme of public events in established music venues and supports other organisations, including the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival that shares its aims in music and the arts.  It has links with the Royal Dublin Society and conservatoires in Ireland and Britain to identify emerging, talented young performers and composers.

The organisation’s values: Creativity, Encouragement, Collaboration, Enjoyment and Inclusivity, reflect the legacy inherited from its founder Ethna Kennedy that it is committed to maintaining and enhancing. 
These values are the inspiration for the organisation’s Outreach and Community programme which brings the joy of live music to people who cannot normally access it, to children in education and to those who benefit from music as therapy.

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