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  • Christmas by Candlelight Concert
  • Successful Second Outreach Recital at ICC
  • First City Fundraising Dinner 

Irish Heritage wishes all its friends and supporters a very Happy Christmas and New Year.  Thank you for your interest and support over the past year.

Tickets still available for popular “Christmas by Candlelight” music and carols concert

St George’s Hanover Square on 16th December at 7.00pm

The annual “Christmas by Candlelight” concert is now established as one of Irish Heritage’s most popular events and a 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 will provide an appropriate setting for his year’s programme of popular Christmas Carols, seasonal music and readings. 
Over recent weeks the artists and readers have been preparing for the concert which features mezzo soprano Carolyn Holt, the first recipient of the Irish Heritage Bursary for Performance; The Arb Ensemble under the direction of Jonathan Darbourne; accompanist Brian Hughes and harpist Tara Viscardi from our 2018 bursary recipients.  This year’s readers include His Excellency Adrian O’Neill, Ambassador of Ireland; Cecilia Gallagher, Chair of the Women’s Irish Network and Petroc Trelawny from BBC Radio 3.  There will be carols for all to join in singing.
Tickets are £20 each for adults (including wine reception and programme) and £5 for students on production of ID.  Adult tickets are available online in advance via the Irish Heritage website (, there are no booking fees.  Adult and student tickets are available on the door on the evening and are subject to availability.

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Successful Second Outreach Recital at ICC
Irish Heritage’s new outreach and community programme continued on Tuesday 19th November with a successful, second recital at the Irish Cultural Centre (ICC) in Hammersmith.

The series of recitals, delivered in collaboration with the ICC, have a dual purpose, the first is to provide high standard of classical music to audiences that would find it difficult to attend evening events and secondly, to provide a platform for emerging talented musicians and singers that Irish Heritage uncovers.

The most recent recital featured Sarah Walsh on violin and Brian Hughes on piano/keyboard.  Sarah and Brian performed a programme that included works by Mozart, Corelli, Gluck, Vivaldi, Bach and Handel, along with film music by Shostakovich, James Horner and Ennio Morricone and selected Irish composers.  Their performance was very well received by an appreciative audience.

Irish Heritage and ICC intend continuing the series in the New Year - please monitor the websites of both organisations for further announcements.
Brian Hughes and Sarah Walsh on stage at the ICC
First City Fundraising Dinner on 13th February

As the scale and scope of Irish Heritage’s activities grow so does the organisation’s need to increase its sources of funding which is why it is holding its first City Fundraising Dinner on Thursday 13th February.

Irish Heritage is fortunate to have been given access to Baker’s Hall, home of the Worshipful Company of the Bakers Guild, and its Livery Hall.  With high ceilings, superb acoustics and the stunning, contemporary John Piper stained glass windows depicting the Great Fire of London, this light and airy Hall with its Minstrels Gallery will provide a very appropriate venue for the Dinner.

The evening will start with a reception and be followed by a four course dinner and entertainment.  The latter will feature recipients of Irish Heritage’s Bursaries with support artists.

There are only eight tables available for this special event so please contact Tom Scanlon at for further information.

David O’Keefe RIP

Irish Heritage learned with great regret of the sudden death in November of David O’Keefe, the General Manager of the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith.

Paying tribute to David, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage said, “Not only did David personally welcome the Board of Irish Heritage to the Centre for its meetings over the past year, he also was an enthusiastic supporter of the organisation attending our events including the recent “Harps of Ireland” concert. 

“When I first shared our proposal for an Outreach and Community Programme with him, David had the vision and courage to see its relevance and potential and collaborated wholeheartedly in the launch of the programme in October." 

“On behalf of everyone at Irish Heritage, I would like to extend our sincere sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues at the ICC.” 

News about Irish Heritage People
Amy Gillen Helps Celebrate Sir James Galway’s 80th Birthday

The RTE Concert Orchestra and the Dublin’s National Concert Hall combined to host a special concert to celebrate Sir James Galway’s 80th Birthday on the 27th November.

The “sold out” signs were up weeks in advance for a special evening’s entertainment that featured not just the “birthday boy” himself but also his wife, Lady Jeannie, and a host of guest stars including Amy Gillen who performed a duet and as first flute in the orchestra.

Among the other guest performers was another Irish Heritage alumnus pianist Michael McHale.
Why not give a “Friend of Irish Heritage” subscription this Christmas?

If you are looking for a different gift for a special person this year, why not enrol them as a “Friend of Irish Heritage”?

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.
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