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Six Irish Heritage Bursary Recipients to perform at 2021 Lismore Festival

28th July 2021

Six Irish Heritage bursary recipients will perform at this year’s Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF) which takes place in Lismore, County Waterford between 1st and 5th September.

Flautist Amy Gillen, recipient of the charity’s 2018 music bursary for performance, will be first on stage on Wednesday 1st September when she performs with fellow 2021 BVOF bursary recipient bass-baritone Rory Dunne.

Mollie Wrafter (violin), Ellen Mahwinney (soprano) and Justine Gormley (piano), Irish Heritage bursary recipients for 2019 will join Tiffany Qui (piano) and Dominica Williams (mezzo-soprano), the 2020 recipients, in a special recital on Thursday 2nd September.

“We are delighted to have six previous bursary recipients performing at this year’s Blackwater Festival,” said Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage. “It is thanks to the Festival’s exceptional support that these talented young musicians and singers are able to perform before a live audience for the first time in over 18 months. I know that all concerned are looking forward to performing and showcasing their talents.”

Both recitals will take place in the Festival’s special auditorium at Lismore Castle. Tickets are available through the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival box office at:

Irish Heritage bursary recipients (left to right) Mollie Wrafter, Justine Gormley and Ellen Mawhinney will perform in Lismore on the 2nd September.