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)

Niall Tormey awarded Bursary for Composition

Niall Tormey, who is studying for a Masters in Composition at National University of Ireland - Maynooth, is the recipient of the inaugural Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Composition.

Twenty-seven year-old Niall who was born in Nottingham and moved to Ireland when he was 10, now lives in Killucan, County Westmeath. He received a Batchelor of Music degree from NUI Maynooth and has already had compositions performed on two continents.

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Wednesday 3rd April "Showcase Ireland"

 Princess Alexandra Hall, Over-Seas League House, St James’ Street, London SW1 1LR at 7.30pm

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 are £20 each for adults (including wine reception and programme) and £5 for students on production of ID.  Adult tickets are now available online 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.


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