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  • An Evening with Amy Gillen and Friends
  • Showcase Ireland 
  • Blackwater Valley Opera Festival
  • Irish Heritage Charity Golf Day
  • News from and about Irish Heritage People

The coming six weeks promise to be an exciting time for Irish Heritage and you, our friends and supporters.
As you will read below we have two attractive events: “An Evening with Amy Gillen and Friends” on 6th March and “Showcase Ireland” on 3rd April.
A highlight of the latter will be the world premiere of the successful composition in the inaugural Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Composition.

Full details of the above can be found at

Encouraging response to inaugural Music Bursary for Composition

Irish Heritage has received an encouraging response to its inaugural Music Bursary for Composition.
Entries for the Bursary closed on the 31st January by which time submissions had been received from young composers in conservatoires and universities in Britain and Ireland.

A panel of expert adjudicators is currently assessing the entries both for their musical excellence and for how well they reflect the theme of the Bursary which is “peace and reconciliation in an Ireland-Britain context in these testing times”.

The composer of the successful composition will receive an award of £3,000 to be used in furthering their artistic and professional development. 

The bursary, which has been made possible through the support of the Ireland Funds of Great Britain and a generous donor, complements the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance which was launched in 2015 and which has already had a major impact.

Commenting on the response to the new Bursary, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage, said, “The response to the launch of this new bursary proves that the time is right to encourage contemporary classical music composition with Irish themes and nurture the composers of the music that will be performed by future performers.

“Our expert adjudicators now face the difficult task of deciding on the successful composition to which Irish Heritage will give a world premiere at Showcase Ireland on 6th April.”


March 6th
An Evening with Amy Gillen and Friends, St Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone Road,  London NW1 5LT at 7.30pm

Irish Heritage’s 2018 Music Bursary for Performance recipient, the talented flautist Amy Gillen, will make her official London debut with this recital in the elegant surroundings of Marylebone’s parish church in London’s West End.
Amy’s programme for the evening will include works by J S Bach, Georges Bizet, Giulio Briccialdi, ian Clarke, Phil Coulter, Philippe Gaubert, André Jolivet , Vittorio Monti  and Robert Muczynski.  Amy will be accompanied by Tara Viscardi and Brian Hughes who performed so well in the Bursary auditions.

Twenty-three-year-old Amy, who comes from Bridgetown in County Donegal, was awarded a first class honours BA of Music Performance in Flute from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in summer 2018.  She moved to London in September 2018 to study for a Masters of Music Performance in Flute at the Royal College of Music.

Tickets are £20 each for adults (including wine reception and programme) and £5 for students on production of ID. Adult tickets are now available online via the Irish Heritage website (, there are no booking fees.  Adult and student tickets will be available on the door on the evening (card payment facility available) and are subject to availability.

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Amy Gillen

April 3rd
“Showcase Ireland”
 Princess Alexandra Hall, Over-Seas League House, St James’ Street, London SW1 1LR at 7.30pm

Showcase Ireland is an initiative by Irish Heritage in which the organisation is bringing three outstanding young performers from Ireland and providing them with a London debut. 
This inaugural event will feature the exceptional talents of soprano Fiona Flavin, pianist Kevin Jansson and cellist Killian White.   
Fiona Flavin is a lyric soprano and honours graduate of the Cork School of Music where she studied voice with Robert Craig (Mmus Juilliard) who described her voice as remarkably “pure”. 
Kevin Jansson, a student at the Cork School of Music, is emerging as one of the finest musicians of his generation.  He already has six international first prizes to his name on both piano and violin. 
Killian White (cello), the recipient of the 2018 RDS Music Bursary, is regarded as one of the most exceptional young cellists ever to come from Ireland. 
The evening will also feature the world premiere of the successful entry in Irish Heritage’s 2018/19 Music Bursary for Composition.
The concert is being curated and produced by Audrey McKenna, Irish Heritage’s Artistic Advisor-Ireland.  An exceptional evening’s entertainment is assured in the elegant surroundings of Over-Seas League House in the heart of the West End.

Tickets are £20 each for adults (including wine reception and programme) and £5 for students on production of ID. Adult tickets are now available online via the Irish Heritage website (, there are no booking fees. Adult and student tickets will be available on the door on the evening (card payment facility available) and are subject to availability.

Kevin Janssen

31st May

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, Lismore, County Waterford

See the stars of the 2018 Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance: Amy Gillen, Tara Viscardi, Peter Harris and Brian Hughes, in a special recital in the Festival’s unique Dromore Yard venue at 12.00pm on Friday 31st May. 

See back page or visit for details.

14th June

Irish Heritage Charity Golf Day at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa

Irish Heritage’s popular, annual fund-raising event. Entries will be welcomed from teams of four golfers.  Please contact Tom Scanlon at for further details about participation and sponsorship.
News from and about Irish Heritage Friends and Collaborators

The Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith

Our friends at the ICC have asked us to draw your attention to the following event.
23rd and 24th February  - Theatre: Greater Belfast Feat. The Cairn String Quartet
A compelling, funny and heart-breaking gig-theatre mash-up which unites poetic storytelling and powerful composition with the famous Cairn String Quartet to explore the strange and hopeful city of Belfast.

Fiachra Garvey and West Wicklow Festival

Fiachra Garvey has contacted Irish Heritage about the 2019 West Wicklow Festival which takes place from 15th-19th May at Russborough House and St Mary’s Church in Blessington, County Wicklow.  The Festival features Fiachra on piano, Lauren Fagan (soprano), Elena Urioste (violin) and Tom Poster (piano). 
Contact the box office on 00 353 1 417 0000 for further information.
Have you considered becoming 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.

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.

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.
Irish Heritage – An Overview

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 awards two valuable Bursaries annually, one for performance, the other for composition.

Irish Heritage presents a programme of public events in established music venues and supports other organisations, including the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival that share 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 our founder Ethna Kennedy that we are committed to maintaining and enhancing.


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