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 now awards three valuable Bursaries annually, one for performance, one for composition and another for vocal studies.
Irish Heritage presents a programme of public events in established music venues and supports other organisations, including the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival that shares its aims in music and the arts. It has links with the Royal Dublin Society and conservatoires in Ireland and Britain to identify emerging, talented young performers and composers.
The organisation’s values: Creativity, Encouragement, Collaboration, Enjoyment and Inclusivity, reflect the legacy inherited from its founder Ethna Kennedy that it is committed to maintaining and enhancing.
These values are the inspiration for the organisation’s Outreach and Community programme which brings the joy of live music to people who cannot normally access it, to children in education and to those who benefit from music as therapy.
You can support the work of Irish Heritage by becoming a Friend. (See Join Us)
Online premiere of Aran O’Grady’s opera with Guildhall School now streaming
The online premiere of Aran O’Grady’s first opera with the Guildhall School of Music is now streaming on the School’s website at: https://www.gsmd.ac.uk/music/opera_makers_2020/
The music for “Eintanzer” has been composed by Aran who is the second recipient of Irish Heritage’s Music Bursary for Composition. The opera is presented as part of the School’s Opera Makers series.
The performance is available to stream until Wednesday 5 August.
Irish Heritage announces the end of its 2019/20 season
Next season's programme to start in September
The Board of Irish Heritage has decided to cancel the remainder of this season’s programme of events.
Originally, the Board decided to cancel the events scheduled until the end of May however, given the ongoing threat from the Coronavirus and the Government’s current guidance, the organisation is now cancelling the events in June. These include the debut recital by its bursary recipients and the fundraising golf day - both are a big loss to all concerned.
The golf day has been rescheduled for Friday 2nd October and a recital for the bursary recipients will feature early in the organisation’s 2020/21 programme. Work is well advanced on the latter which all concerned are determined to make the best ever.
Announcing the decision to cancel the remaining events, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage, said, “Rest assured that Irish Heritage is determined to survive and emerge from the current situation stronger than ever. We have a strategic business plan in place that is clear about our purpose and vision for the next five years. With the ongoing support of our Patrons, Friends, sponsors and audiences, we will continue to contribute to the promotion of Ireland’s rich culture and its musicians, singers and composers in particular.”
Take care and stay safe.
Statement issued on 8th April 2020.
RDS announces recipient of its 2020 Music Bursary
The recipient of the 2020 RDS Music Bursary is Dublin based soprano Ava Dodd.
Ava has just completed her undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Music Performance (Vocal Studies) at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) and University of Dublin, Trinity College where she studied with Professor Mary Brennan (Vocal tutor) and Dr Dearbhla Collins (Répétiteur).
In September 2020, Ava will begin a two-year master’s programme at The Royal College of Music in London studying with Professor Janis Kelly.
Irish Heritage looks forward to providing Ava with her London debut in its “Showcase Ireland” concert on Wednesday, 21st April 2021 in the elegant surroundings of the Princess Alexandra Hall in Over-Seas House, St James’, London SW1.
Irish Heritage Granted Registered Charity Status
Irish Heritage announced today (19th May) that it has been granted registered charity status by the Charity Commission.
The charity’s objective is to advance public education and appreciation of the arts, particularly that of Irish and Anglo-Irish music, arts, literature and drama of all genres and traditions to the benefit of the community.
Irish Heritage 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 now awards three valuable bursaries annually, one for performance, one for composition and another for vocal studies.
Commenting on the recognition by the Charity Commission, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage, said, “This is one of the most exciting developments in the 45-year history of the organisation. Achieving official charity status has been a long-standing objective and is one that will bring considerable benefits, in particular in terms of improved perception in the cultural sector, and in the financing of programmes and fundraising.
“We are very grateful to our legal advisers at Muckle LLP and to all those who provided advice and guidance throughout the application process that helped bring it to a successful conclusion.”