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)

Standing Ovations for Irish Heritage Musicians at Blackwater Valley Opera Festival

The tranquil and beautiful valley of the River Blackwater has returned to normal after the excitement of last weekend’s very successful Opera Festival.

Sell-out crowds enjoyed exceptional musical experiences in elegant venues in the leafy environs of Lismore as the County Waterford town hosted its tenth opera festival.

Among the highlights was the recital given by the recipient and highly commended participants of the 2018 Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance.  Flautist Amy Gillen, harpist Tara Viscardi and accompanist Brian Hughes produced individual and combined performances that received two standing ovations from an audience of 350 people in the unique Dromore Yard venue on the afternoon of Friday 31st May.

Michael Alen-Buckley, Chairman of the Festival and a patron of Irish Heritage, presented the three musicians with official Festival certificates in recognition of their contribution.

At the heart of the Festival was a series of performances of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” in the grounds of Lismore Castle all of which were sold out.  That was complimented by a number of recitals and concerts in the valley’s grand houses, St Carthage’s Cathedral and Church in Lismore and other venues.

Photographed on a windswept terrace at Dromore Yard are (left to right) Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage; Tara Viscardi; Amy  Gillen; Brian Hughes and Audrey McKenna, Artistic Adviser-Ireland for Irish Heritage.  For more images and reports on the Festival please visit,


Irish Heritage Annual Charity Golf Day  

 at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa on Friday 14th June 2019

Irish Heritage’s popular, annual fund-raising event takes place at this fine venue and course on Friday 14th June.

Entries will be welcomed from teams of four golfers at £125 per person including evening dinner.  Non-golfers are welcome to attend for dinner at £50 per person.

Holes around the course can be sponsored at £100 each and advertising is available in the bespoke brochure that will accompany the day.

The day starts with breakfast and registration from 9.00am and concludes with dinner at 7.00pm followed by prize-giving and entertainment which includes a performance by Irish Heritage’s bursary recipients.

Please contact Tom Scanlon at for further details about participation and sponsorship.

See news story for further details and booking link.


Vacancy for an Artistic Adviser-Britain

Irish Heritage wishes to appoint an Artistic Adviser for Britain to complement its Artistic Adviser for Ireland.

Reporting to the organisation’s Chairman, this important, voluntary role is to help fulfill the purpose of Irish Heritage by identifying and supporting the most talented, emerging Irish classical music performers and composers from the island of Ireland especially those based in Britain.

Among the principle duties of the Advisers are to assist with the development and implementation of an artistic programme in detail for one year and in outline for a further two years that fits within the Irish Heritage event year from 1st September – 31st August.

Anyone interested must be currently involved in a professional capacity in the music industry in Britain.

For further information including a detailed description of the role, please contact the Chairman of Irish Heritage, Patrick Lennon at


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