Welcome to Irish Heritage

Irish Heritage is a voluntary arts organisation, established in London in 1974 to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical music (broadly defined) and music composed by Irish composers, performed by young Irish musicians in Britain to a wide audience. It is the only Irish arts organisation in Britain dedicated to helping young Irish musicians through their continuing education and the early part of their careers. See our Aims

Irish Heritage presents a programme of events in established music venues open to the public; it showcases young Irish musicians at special events and supports other organisations which share its aims in music and the arts. The Irish Heritage Music Bursary (worth £5,000) is awarded annually to an outstanding young Irish musician, working or studying in Britain in order to help in their education and training. See Bursary

You can be part of this exciting arts organisation and help young Irish musicians for a small donation. See Join us

Next Event

Tuesday 12 June 2018 at 7.30pm
Recital by the 2017 Irish Heritage Music Bursary Winner, Adam Heron


Adam Heron, recipient of the 2107 Irish Heritage Music Bursary will give a recital in the elegant surroundings of Leighton House in Kensington (London W14 8LZ) on Tuesday 12 June.

Adam, who has also qualified for the BBC Young Musician of the Year, will be joined by the two highly commended contestants from last year’s Bursary soprano Rebecca Murphy and harpist Maria McNamee.  A wonderful evening of entertainment by these three gifted, young musicians and singer is assured.

This event is a highlight of Irish Heritage’s season and demand for tickets usually exceeds supply.  To ensure your attendance please contact Kathy O'Regan (; mobile: 07986 534499). Tickets including wine reception and programme are £20 each, £10 for students.

Successful Opera Gala at St John’s Smith Square

The elegant 200 year old English baroque church in the heart of Westminster provided an appropriate venue for Irish Heritage’s Opera Gala on Thursday 12 th April.

An enthusiastic audience of over 200 people enjoyed a wide-ranging programme performed by four artists. The established stars were soprano Ailish Tynan and tenor Owen Gilhooly and making their professional debuts on the London stage were soprano Sarah Brady and baritone Sean Boylan.

Sarah Brady is the recipient of the 2017 Royal Dublin Society Music Bursary whose prize included this debut performance with Irish Heritage in London.

The singers were accompanied by pianist James Baillieu and harpist Jean Kelly.

Among the highlights of the evening were Sarah Brady’s performance of “Je veux vivre” (Juliet’s waltz) from Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Owen Gilhooly’s “Let me like a soldier fall” from Wallace’s Maritana, Ailish Tynan’s rendering of the traditional air “The Spanish Lady” and Sean Boylan’s “Deli vieni alla finestra” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The four artists combined their talents for memorable performances of “Mir ist so wonderbar” from Beethoven’s Fidelio and a rousing finale of “Brindisi”, the drinking song from Verdi’s La Traviata.

Among the audience were His Excellency the Ambassador of Ireland Adrian O’Neill and Mrs O’Neill, the President of the Royal Dublin Society Ms Bernie Brennan and the Chairman of the Blackwater Valley Festival Opera Michael Alen-Buckley.

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Adam Heron, a student at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM in London), is the recipient of the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for 2017. Adam 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 3rd November.

In addition to the £5,000 Bursary, Adam will give a full recital at Leighton House Museum, London W14 on Tuesday 12th June 2018. Adam will also perform at the Lismore Opera Festival on 1st June 2018 together with the two highly commended contestants at the Bursary, soprano Rebecca Murphy from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and harpist Maria McNamee from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Further details on Adam Heron can be seen here - Adam Heron Bursary Winner.