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

"A wonderful evening's entertainment" - this is just one of the many compliments received by Irish Heritage after last Wednesday’s inaugural “Showcase Ireland” concert in the elegant surroundings of the Princess Alexandra Hall in St James’s.

The concert featured London debuts by three emerging talented performers from Ireland, soprano Fiona Flavin, pianist Kevin Jansson and cellist Killian White.

Fiona Flavin, an honours graduate of the Cork School of Music, performed pieces by Philip Martin, Lizst, Puccini and Mozart which demonstrated the range of her pure voice. 18-year-old Kevin Jansson gave a virtuoso performance of Rachmaninov’s Sonata No 2 in B-flat minor Op 36 (1931 version) which confirmed the young pianist’s growing reputation as one of the finest musicians of his generation. Killian White, recipient of the 2018 RDS Music Bursary, gave an energetic and passionate interpretation of Gaspar Cassado’s Cello Suite.

The concert which was produced by Irish Heritage’s Artistic Adviser-Ireland, Audrey McKenna, also featured the world premiere of Niall Tormey’s winning entry in the 2018/19 Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Compositon, which was performed by flautist Amy Gillen and harpist Tara Viscardi.

The enthusiastic reception the young artists received from the large audience was tribute to their undoubted talent and performances.

Fiona Flavin


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.

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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