Irish Heritage Confirms Two Music Bursaries for 2019/20

Bursaries for Performance and Composition to be Awarded Again

Irish Heritage, the London based not-for-profit, voluntary, performing arts organisation confirmed today (21st June) that it will award two music bursaries, one for Performance, the other for Composition, during its 2019/20 season.

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 an Irish student (first or second generation) continuing her or his music education in Britain. Students are nominated by this country’s leading music conservatoires to attend auditions held in the Wigmore Hall in London.

The 2019 auditions will take place on Thursday 7th November before a panel of adjudicators chaired by John Gilhooly OBE, Director of the Wigmore Hall.

The performance bursary also includes valuable performance opportunities among them one with Irish Heritage in London and the other at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival in Lismore in Ireland.

The Music Bursary for Composition was introduced last year and was warmly welcomed by young composers and tutors. The Bursary is open to young Irish (first and second generation) composers studying at recognised music conservatoires and other colleges in Ireland and Britain. The recipient of the successful composition will receive an award of £3,000 to be used in furthering their artistic and professional development.

The panel of adjudicators, will again consist of leading, current professional performers and academics drawn from Ireland and Britain. The winning composition will be premiered at an Irish Heritage event in London during the season.

The continuation of this bursary has been made possible through the generous support of the Ireland Fund of Great Britain.

Confirming that the two bursaries will be presented, Audrey McKenna, Irish Heritage’s Artistic Adviser – Ireland said, “The need to encourage and support young Irish performers and composers is as great as ever. The growing interest in our bursaries provides ample evidence of the demand from students for financial support and performance opportunities. Happily, thanks to the success of our fund-raising efforts and the support of the Ireland Funds, we are able to confirm that our bursaries will be awarded again this coming season.”

Full details about both bursaries will be available during the summer.

Picture caption: Amy Gillen – recipient of the 2018 Music Bursary for Performance

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)

The previous recipient of the Bursary for Composition is:

2018/19 Niall Tormey

Amy Gillen - recipient of the 2018/19 Music Bursary