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)

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.

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 joined by harpist Tara Viscardi and accompanist Brian Hughes, both highly commended in the Bursary auditions, during the evening.

Sir James Galway has said the Amy’s “talent clearly knows bounds” and John Gilhooly OBE, Chairman of the Irish Heritage Music Bursary jury said, “Amy is an immediately engaging artist from the moment she steps on the platform. She is a true musician in every sense.”

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. Earlier this year, she gave a recital at the Galway International Flute Festival as part of being awarded the prestigious Sir James Galway Rising Star Award at the same festival in Switzerland in 2017. 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 - click the BUY TICKETS button - there are no booking fees. Student tickets are only available on the door on the evening and are subject to availability.


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

Irish Heritage appoints Finance Director and Treasurer

Irish Heritage is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Power-Hynes as its Finance Director and Treasurer with effect from the 1st January 2019.

Mr Power-Hynes replaces Laurence Cahill who has retired after 11 years as Treasurer of the not-for-profit, voluntary, performing arts organisation.

Peter has operated his accountancy and management consultancy practice, now based in Battersea Square, London SW11, for over 40 years.  He comes from Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary. He trained as an accountant with E&Y in Ireland and is a graduate of St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He is also Finance Director of the ICC in Hammersmith and a Committee Member of the Irish Literary Society.

Commenting on the appointment, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage, said, “We are very fortunate to have secured the services of Peter Power-Hynes who brings a wealth of experience of both the business world and the voluntary sector to the organisation.

“I would like to thank Laurence Cahill for his great contribution to Irish Heritage, he has provided sound financial advice and management as the organisation developed over the past decade.”

Peter Power-Hynes

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