The Irish Heritage Music Bursary

Irish Heritage Music BursaryNews: Details of the recipient of the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for 2018, Amy Gillen, can be seen here.

Young Irish musicians face huge financial challenges to study and establish their careers in the UK. The Irish Heritage Music Bursary, launched in 2015, aims to identify our most talented Irish musicians working or studying in Britain and provides financial support for their continuing education, together with performance opportunities with Irish Heritage.

The nominations come from the principle music colleges in Britain: Royal Academy of Music; Royal College of Music; Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Guildhall School of Music and Drama; Royal Northern College of Music; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; National Opera Studio; and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Each participating college is asked to nominate a maximum of three Irish students (instrumental and vocal) who demonstrate the potential to make important careers. The nominees are interviewed and auditioned in the Wigmore Hall in front of a distinguished panel of Judges, Chaired by John Gilhooly OBE.

We extend special thanks to the panel judges and those generous donors who make the Bursary possible. We will continue to expand its reach and provide greater opportunities to all the young musicians who participate.

You will see profiles of a number of our past winners in our story brochure (download).

Katie Rowan
Joint Artistic Director