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Irish Heritage is a registered charity, established in London in 1974, whose object is to advance public education and appreciation of the arts, particularly those of Irish and Anglo-Irish music, arts, literature and drama of all genres and traditions to the benefit of the community.

The organisation delivers its charitable objectives through four ongoing programmes: collaborations with like-minded organisations, education including bursaries, events, and outreach and community activity.

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Our Aims

To advance public education and appreciation of Irish and Anglo-Irish music, arts, literature and drama of all genres and traditions to the benefit of the community, including any or all of the following means:

The provision of educational programmes, tuition, classes, workshops, performances, materials and/or resources

The recording of and production of classical, traditional and contemporary musical, artistic and/or dramatic work for the public at large

The provision of facilities for use by the public in furtherance of the above (facilities means access to buildings and equipment and organising activities)

To relieve sickness and to preserve and promote physical and mental health through music therapy, dance and performance

For the general purposes of such charitable bodies or for such other exclusively charitable purposes (according to the law of England and Wales) in each case as the Trustees may from time to time decide

Thank you for your kindness and support, without you, so many students would not be able to follow their dreams.

- Sir James Galway

Our Values

Our values reflect the legacy inherited from our founders Ethna and Charles Kennedy and are the inspiration for the organisation’s Outreach and Community programme, delivered in association with the Irish Cultural Centre, which brings the joy of live music to people who cannot normally access it, to children in education and to those who benefit from music as therapy.

  • Creativity
  • Encouragement
  • Collabortion
  • Enjoyment
  • Inclusivity

Latest News

Tara brings a fantastic portfolio of music knowledge and experience

Tara Viscardi Appointed Irish Heritage Administrator

12th August 2022

Irish Heritage is pleased to announce the completion of the bursary round for 2021/22

2021/22 Bursary Allocations and New Chair of Trustees

13th March 2022

The portfolio of bursaries is an important part of the work of Irish Heritage

Irish Heritage Announces 2021/22 Bursary Recipients

10th January 2022

John Gilhooly

Irish Heritage Patron awarded CBE in Queen’s New Year’s Honours list

2nd January 2022

Amy Gillen

Outreach and Community Programme – Afternoon Recital

3rd November 2021

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