The Irish Heritage Music Bursary

Young Irish musicians face huge financial challenges to study and establish their careers in the UK and internationally. The Irish Heritage Music Bursary, launched in 2015, aims to identify our most talented musicians and provide financial support for their continuing education, together with performance opportunities with Irish Heritage, enabling them to reach their artistic and career potential.

The inaugural Bursary took place in the Bechstein Room of the Wigmore Hall in October 2015. A distinguished jury chaired by John Gilhooly OBE auditioned 11 candidates nominated by the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

The Bursary award of £5,000 was shared by Carolyn Holt, mezzo-soprano, and Máire Carroll, piano, both of whom are studying at the Royal Academy of Music and both are graduates of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Their Winners’ Recital will launch our 2016-2017 Season at the Royal Over-Seas League on 15th September 2016.

Carolyn Holt

Carolyn Holt

Máire Carroll

Máire Carroll

The 2016 Irish Heritage Music Bursary has been extended to six conservatoires to include, in addition to the four London Conservatoires, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal Northern College of Music. Auditions will be held at the Wigmore Hall in November 2016 with a distinguished panel of judges consisting of John Gilhooly OBE (Chair), Ann Murray DBE and Professor Simon Lepper.

We extend special thanks to the panel judges and those generous donors who make the Bursary possible. We will continue to expand its reach and provide greater opportunities to all the young musicians who participate.

In the words of one of our Patrons, “The Irish Heritage Music Bursary is a game-changer in the history of Irish Heritage”.

Katie Rowan

Joint Artistic Director
Summer 2016

Further news of the 2016 Irish Heritage Music Bursary will be advised on this site

PATRONS: Lady (Mary) Clancy-Hatch, John Gilhooly OBE, Seamus McGarry, Peter Sutherland KCMG SC

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