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

Killian White receives RDS Music Bursary 2018

Cellist Killian White is the winner of the 2018 RDS Music Bursary. Valued at €15,000, the RDS Music Bursary is the single largest annual classical music award in Ireland, and one of the largest in Europe.

Eighteen-year-old Killian, who is currently studying in Dublin’s Royal Irish Academy of Music, will use the prize to help fund his studies in Paris in September under the tutorship of renowned cellist Jerome Pernoo at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris (CSMNP), as well as masterclasses in London’s Prussia Cove with Steven Isserlis.

Candidates for the RDS Bursary can be Irish born or Irish resident, over eighteen and become eligible by winning one of five specified senior competitions in the ESB Feis Ceoil classical music competition of the same year. The five competitions comprise of piano, strings, woodwind, voice and brass. Winners of these competitions are invited to apply to the RDS and the bursary is awarded based on a detailed outline of their future plans, the outcome of a panel interview and a live performance.

Speaking after receiving his award in Dublin on April 5th, Killian said: “I am delighted to win the RDS Music Bursary. It will greatly help with my plans of becoming a professional musician, something I have dreamed about for many years. I am also already looking forward to the solo performance with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and with Irish Heritage in London next year”.

Killian White


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.