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  • Irish Heritage Charity Golf Day
  • Blackwater Valley Opera Festival
  • News from and about Irish Heritage People
  • Become a “Friend of Irish Heritage”

Welcome to the May issue of the Irish Heritage newsletter.

For once this month’s lead story is not directly about music as it is about Irish Heritage’s Charity Golf Day at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa on Friday 14th June.  The golf day produces essential funding for our Music Bursary for Performance so if there is any way you can support the event either through participation or sponsorship please contact Tom Scanlon (details below).

As you will read our search for a new Artistic Adviser-Britain continues.
There are details of the appearance of our Bursary stars at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival on 31st May should you be in the Lismore, County Waterford area.
Further details can always be found at



Irish Heritage Charity Golf Day at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa on 14th June 

Irish Heritage’s popular, annual fund-raising event takes place at this fine venue and course on Friday 14th June.  

Entries will be welcomed from teams of four golfers at £125 per person including evening dinner.  Non-golfers are welcome to attend for dinner at £50 per person.

Holes around the course can be sponsored at £100 each and advertising is available in the bespoke brochure that will accompany the day.

The day starts with breakfast and registration from 9.00am and concludes with dinner at 7.00pm followed by prize-giving and entertainment which includes a performance by Irish Heritage’s bursary recipients.
Please contact Tom Scanlon at for further details about participation and sponsorship.

Format for the Day:
09:00 – 10.00am – Meet for registration, breakfast roll and tea/coffee 
10.00am - Putting Competition
12:00pm - Team Stableford Start
7:00pm - Dinner including performance by Irish Heritage musicians
8:30pm – Auction and Raffle
9:00pm – Prize-giving 
9:30pm – Live Band
Overnight Stay at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa

A small number of rooms are available for participants in the Golf Day at a discounted rate of £150 per room on a first come, first served basis. Room can be set up as a double bed or twin bed room. Please reserve the discounted rooms with Tom Scanlon.

A Special Venue - Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa
Golf has been part of Luton Hoo's history since the turn of the last century, with the estate's original Victorian nine hole course. The 7,107 yard Championship course, which has recently hosted Jamega Tour, EuroPro Tour and European Challenge Tour events, offers some picturesque tee shots and features six holes with water hazards.

For further venue information please visit:

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  and Brian Hughes, in a special recital in the Festival’s unique Dromore Yard venue at 12.00pm on Friday 31st May. 

Visit for more details.
News from Irish Heritage’s Friends and Collaborators

What Where: Crossing boundaries in the architecture of Sala Beckett

Exhibition Opening Event
Thursday 6 June, 18:30 - 21:00
Roca London Gallery, Station Court, Townmead Rd., SW6 2PY
Corresponding to the London Festival of Architecture's theme of boundaries, 'What Where' will explore how the work of Irish playwright Samuel Beckett influenced the design of the experimental theatre Sala Beckett in Barcelona by Flores and Prats Architects.

The exhibition will feature architectural models of Sala Beckett along with drawings and photographs of the space. Accompanying the installation will be a rare screening of Beckett's short film, 'Film' (1965) starring Buster Keaton in one of the actor's last roles.

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 annual subscription of £50 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 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 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.

Visit for more information.


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