Irish Heritage and Royal Dublin Society celebrate five years of collaboration

Irish Heritage and the Royal Dublin Society celebrated five years of successful collaboration with a concert in the Princess Alexandra Hall in St James’s, London on Wednesday evening (4th March).

Since 2015 the two organisations have worked together to nurture and support young Irish musicians and singers by giving them performance opportunities in London.

Wednesday evening’s audience were entertained by three RDS bursary recipients, Máire Carroll, Amy Gillen and Kevin Jansson; Máire and Amy are also Irish Heritage bursary recipients.

Máire, who was the first recipient of the Irish Heritage music bursary for performance, was the recipient of the RDS Collins Memorial Prize in 2018 and the 2012 RDS Music Bursary.

Amy has won numerous prizes including the Sir James Galway Rising Star award at the 2017 Galway Flute Festival in Switzerland and the 2019 RDS Jago Award at the Feis Ceoil in Dublin. She received the Irish Heritage music bursary for performance in 2018.

Kevin who is another multi-prize winner for both piano and violin, returned to London this time as the recipient of the 2019 RDS Music Bursary. The nineteen-year-old Cork man is currently studying piano at the prestigious Juilliard Conservatoire in New York.

The audience enjoyed superb performances of music by composers including Chopin, Debussy, Doppler, Gershwin, Glass, Mouquet, Ó’Riada and an original composition by Máire Carroll.

Among the guests at the concert was the new President of the RDS, Professor Owen Lewis who described the evening as “a truly memorable occasion”.

Picture caption (left to right) are: Professor Owen Lewis, President RDS; Kevin Jansson, 2019 RDS Music Bursary recipient, and Patrick Lennon, Chairman, Irish Heritage.