Superb London debut by Amy Gillen

Amy Gillen, recipient of Irish Heritage’s 2018 Music Bursary for Performance, made her official London debut with a recital in the elegant St Marylebone Parish Church in the West End on Wednesday evening 6th March.

The 23-year-old flautist from Donegal entertained the audience with a beautifully balanced programme of music that had something for everyone.

The acoustic of the church complemented Amy’s impeccable technique as she gave soul and animation to the most technically demanding of pieces. Her ability to change the colour of the tone of her instrument was remarkable.

Amy was supported by accompanist Brian Hughes, who also participated in the Bursary auditions last November, and complemented the flautist’s playing in the most natural manner.

Another Bursary participant, harpist Tara Viscardi, played on a number of arrangements chosen by Amy Gillen that brought the harp in to enhance the impact.

Amy and her friends received a standing ovation from the audience who were excited after experiencing an exceptional and enjoyable performance from a remarkably talented musician.

The 2019 Irish Heritage Bursary auditions will take place in the Wigmore Hall in London on Thursday 8th November. The annual Bursary recipient receives a £5,000 award and a London debut from the organisation.

Caption: Pictured (left to right) after the recital are Tara Viscardi, Brian Hughes, Amy Gillen and Audrey McKenna, Irish Heritage’s Artistic Adviser-Ireland.