World Premiere of New Composition

Irish Heritage’s Showcase Ireland concert in the Princess Alexandra Hall in St James’s last Wednesday (3rd April) provided an appropriate setting for the world premiere performance of the winning composition in the performing arts organisation’s inaugural music bursary for composition.

The winning entry, a duet for harp and flute called “Give Me Your Hand and Come what May”, was composed by Niall Tormey and performed by flautist Amy Gillen and harpist Tara Viscardi. Niall flew in especially from Ireland for the premiere.

The £3,000 Bursary, which was made possible through the support of The Ireland Funds of Great Britain and a generous donor, was open to young, first or second generation Irish composers studying at recognised music conservatoires and other colleges in Ireland and Britain.

Pictured after the performance are (left to right): Peter Power-Hynes of Irish Heritage, harpist Tara Viscardi, composer Niall Tormey, Katie Jemmett of the Ireland Funds, flautist Amy Gillen and Ruaidhri Dowling of the Embassy of Ireland.