Irish Heritage announces winners of its inaugural music bursary

Irish Heritage announces winners of its inaugural music bursary Máire Carroll (piano)
Máire Carroll (piano)

Irish Heritage recently announced that Carolyn Holt (mezzo-soprano) and Máire Carroll (piano) are joint winners of the Irish Heritage Music Bursary 2015. Each will receive an award of £2,500 towards their further education and a performance appearance with Irish Heritage.

Carolyn and Máire both graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and are both studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Carolyn told Irish Heritage: “I am thrilled and very proud to be the joint winner of the Irish Heritage Music Bursary, which will be an enormous help in my development as an artist. I am so grateful to Irish Heritage for their belief in me. I feel honoured to be associated with an organisation that has supported so many young Irish musicians in the early part of their careers.”

Máire: “Winning the inaugural Irish Heritage Music Bursary is a great honour and privilege. I am excited to begin a collaborative partnership with Irish Heritage and I am incredibly grateful for their support now and in the future”.

Irish Heritage announces winners of its inaugural music bursary Carolyn Holt (mezzo-soprano)
Carolyn Holt (mezzo-soprano)

About the Irish Heritage Music Bursary:
The Irish Heritage Music Bursary was established to provide much needed financial assistance towards the education of young Irish classical musicians working or studying in Britain. The Bursary was funded for 2015 by a generous donation from Mrs. Allison McGrath.

The inaugural bursary attracted eleven Irish students nominated by the four London Conservatoires (The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance).

Nine talented young musicians were recently auditioned and interviewed in the Wigmore Hall by a distinguished panel of judges, chaired by John Gilhooly OBE, Director Wigmore Hall and Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society. The other members of the jury were, Ailish Tynan, (soprano), David Strange, Emeritus Professor and former Head of Strings, Royal Academy of Music, and Antony Lewis-Crosby, General Manager, St Luke’s Music Society, London.

The standard of applicants was extremely high and, in the event, the Irish Heritage Joint Artistic Directors, Katie Rowan and Jean Kelly, agreed that the Bursary should be shared by Carolyn Holt and Máire Carroll, each receiving £2,500. Their recital with Irish Heritage will take place in the Autumn of 2016 and details will be announced in April 2016.

Details of the 2016 Irish Heritage Music Bursary, including the nomination process, will be announced in January 2016 and auditions will take place in November 2016.

About Irish Heritage
Irish Heritage is a voluntary arts organisation established in London in 1974. It is the only Irish arts organisation in Britain dedicated to helping young Irish musicians through their continuing education and early part of their careers. Irish Heritage also supports the work of Irish composers, contemporary and established.

It has strong links with the conservatoires in Ireland and in Britain and, through the Irish Heritage Music Bursary, its association with the Royal Dublin Society and its RDS Music Bursary and with prominent people in the classical music world, Irish Heritage underpins its commitment to educational and performance opportunities for Ireland’s talented young classical musicians in Britain.

Irish Heritage presents an enterprising programme of events throughout the year in established music venues in London and works with and supports the events of other organisations and artists who share its aims in music and the arts. Details of the Irish Heritage events programme 2015/16 are on the website

For further information contact: Niall Gallagher, Chairman Irish Heritage T. +44 (0)7860 235063. E


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