Welcome to Irish Heritage

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. (See Bursary)

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 conservatoires in Ireland and Britain and the Royal Dublin Society to identify emerging, talented young performers and composers.

You can support the work of Irish Heritage by becoming a Friend. (See Join Us)


Amy Gillen, a student at Royal College of Music (RCM) in London, is the recipient of the 2018 Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance. The prestigious Bursary is an important part of the arts organisation’s annual programme of activities, concerts and recitals.

Amy, who is a flautist, was chosen for the award after a day of auditions conducted before a panel of expert adjudicators under the Chairmanship of John Gilhooly OBE in the Wigmore Hall in London on 2nd November.

The bursary, worth £5,000, is awarded to an Irish student continuing her or his music education in Britain. This year students were nominated by this country’s seven major conservatoires.

Full details here

Join us for “Christmas by Candlelight” on Wednesday 19th December 2018 at 7.00pm at St George’s Hanover Square

“Christmas by Candlelight” 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. Handel’s Church as it is also known, was refurbished in 2010 and provides an appropriate ambiance for Irish Heritage’s seasonal concert.

This year’s programme of popular Christmas carols and seasonal music features the welcome return of The Arb Ensemble under the direction of Jonathan Darbourne; mezzo-soprano Jessica Costelloe; baritone Jamie Rock and accompanist Tracey Symon with guest readers His Excellency Adrian O’Neill, Ambassador of Ireland; Angela Brady OBE and Petroc Trelawny of BBC Radio 3. And, as with previous carol concerts, the audience is expected to participate enthusiastically!

Tickets are £20 each for adults (including wine reception and programme) and £5 for students on production of ID. Adult tickets are only available online via the link below, there are no booking fees. Student tickets are only available on the door on the evening and are subject to availability.


Irish Heritage appoints two Artistic Advisers

Irish Heritage announced today (31st October) that it has appointed two Artistic Advisers, one for Britain, the other for Ireland that take up their roles immediately.

Audrey McKenna and Joe Corbett have accepted invitations from the Board of Irish Heritage to become the organisation’s Artistic Advisers for Ireland and Britain respectively.  Both are current music industry professionals. Audrey McKenna has a comprehensive background in classical music composition and performance and is Founder and Director of the Kingston Academy of Music in Dublin.  Joe Corbett is a London based, professional singer (baritone) and teacher who has performed extensively in this country, Ireland and Europe.

The appointments are intended to satisfy three important requirements that the organisation has: first, to be aware of and briefed on current developments and trends in classical music performance and presentation; second, to monitor young Irish performers and composers in further education in this country and those that are based and performing in London in particular, and third,  to monitor what is happening in Ireland and to identify emerging talent which is of a calibre that will benefit from an appearance on a London stage.

Announcing the appointments the Chairman of Irish Heritage, Patrick Lennon said, “The demand from young Irish performers and composers for support in the early stages of their careers continues to increase.  If Irish Heritage is to continue to fulfil a worthwhile role and provide the opportunities they need, then we have to have advice and guidance on current trends and identify the young performers that can benefit from our bursaries, collaborations and events.

“Both Audrey and Joe bring current expertise and experience to our activities and we’re delighted that they have decided to join us.  We intend to continue to add depth to our artistic capability and create succession through further appointments, including an Artistic Director, in due course.”

Audrey McKenna
Audrey McKenna
Joe Corbett
Joe Corbett