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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

2019 will be an exciting year for Irish Heritage and you, our friends and supporters.
Thanks to collaborations with the Royal Dublin Society, the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and others we will announce over coming months, to the ongoing success of our Music Bursary for Performance and the interest in our new Music Bursary for Composition, and to the invaluable support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme and the Ireland Funds of Great Britain, we will continue 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.
Forthcoming Events – full details at

Wednesday, March 6th

An Evening with Amy Gillen and Friends,
St Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone Road,  London NW1 5LT 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.

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.

Amy’s exceptional talent has already been recognised through the award of multiple prizes both in Ireland and further afield.  Sir James Galway has said that Amy’s “talent clearly knows no bounds”.  A memorable evening of great music is assured.

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 by 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

This new Irish Heritage initiative will introduce three supremely talented, young performers from Ireland and give them a London debut. 

The three are:
 Fiona Flavin (soprano) whose voice has been described as remarkably “pure” by Robert Craig, formerly of the Juilliard in New York;
Kevin Jansson (piano) who won the “Jeune Chopin”, the biggest junior piano competition in the world in Switzerland last October;
and Killian White (cello), the recipient of the 2018 RDS Music Bursary, who is regarded as one of the most exceptional young cellists ever to come from Ireland.

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, £20 each for adults, are now on sale via

Fiona Flavin and Killian White

May (date to be confirmed)

An exclusive evening for “Friends of Irish Heritage” at a special venue in the West End.

31st May

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, Lismore, County Waterford

See the stars of the 2018 Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance in a special recital in the Festival’s unique Dromore Yard venue at 12.00pm on Friday 31st May. For details visit: 


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 People

Michael McHale

Michael has been in touch to wish “a very Happy New Year to everyone at Irish Heritage” and to let anyone interested know about a London concert Michael Collins and he are giving in the Wigmore Hall on Saturday 9th February. 

Full details are available on the following link:
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.
Friends receive the following benefits:
  • An invitation to the annual Music Bursary auditions;
  • A “behind the scenes” experience with an Irish Heritage artist during the season;
  • Ten issues of the Irish Heritage newsletter each season;
  • An exclusive invitation to the Irish Heritage AGM and reception;
  • A discounted ticket for one event each season (the event will be decided by Irish Heritage).
When you become an individual Friend for the first time there is a one-off joining fee of £50 and an annual subscription of £50.  For individuals renewing their Friend’s subscription, the cost is £50 each.
Please note that you will have to buy a ticket for each event that you wish to attend.
For further information and an application form, please visit:  and click on the “Join Us” tab.

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

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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