The Irish Heritage Music Bursaries
Irish Heritage is alert to the need to encourage young Irish performers and composers not only with performance opportunities but also with financial support as they transition from college to professional life.
Thanks to the success of the charity’s fund-raising and to the support of generous donors and organisations such as the Ireland Funds, Irish Heritage is currently able to offer three valuable bursaries and a special award.
The Music Bursary for Performance
The Music Bursary for Performance was first awarded in 2015 and already has a distinguished list of recipients. The bursary, worth £5,000, is awarded to a first or second generation Irish student continuing her or his music education in Britain. Students are nominated by this country’s leading music conservatoires and colleges to attend auditions held in the Wigmore Hall in London in November. The successful recipient also receives a London debut at an Irish Heritage event.
The Brackaville Bursary for Vocal Studies
The Brackaville Bursary for Vocal Studies which was launched in 2019, is open to first and second generation Irish students attending recognised music conservatoires and colleges in Britain. It operates in parallel with Irish Heritage’s existing bursary for performance and is awarded to the singer who performs best in the auditions for the latter in the Wigmore Hall in London each November. In addition to a cash award of £2,500 the recipient will receive a performance opportunity at an Irish Heritage event in London.
The Music Bursary for Composition
The Music Bursary for Composition which was introduced in 2018, is open to young first and second generation Irish composers studying at recognised music conservatoires and other colleges in Ireland and Britain. The recipient of the successful composition receives an award of £3,000 to be used in furthering their artistic and professional development with their new composition receiving its world premiere at an Irish Heritage event in London.
In addition, Irish Heritage presents a special Accompanist’s Award associated with the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (valued at £500).
There are guaranteed performance opportunities both with the Festival and Irish Heritage including a world premiere of the successful composition.
The previous recipients of the Bursary for Performance are:
2015/16 Maire Carroll (pianist) and Carolyn Holt (soprano)
2016/17 Christopher Quaid (violinist)
2017/18 Adam Heron (pianist)
2018/19 Amy Gillen (flautist)
2019/20 Molly Wrafter (violinist)
The previous recipients of the Bursary for Composition are:
2018/19 Niall Tormey
2019/20 Aran O'Grady
The recipient of the inaugural Brackaville Bursary for Vocal studies is:
2019/20 Ellen Mawhinney (soprano)
The previous recipients of the special Accompanists Award are:
2018/19 Brian Hughes
2019/20 Justine Gormley
For further information about the Bursaries please contact: email@example.com