After 12 successful and enjoyable years based at Shepperton Studios, Patrick Lennon Associates has relocated within the Shepperton area.
The consultancy’s new address is: Norman House, 32 Chertsey Road, Shepperton, Middlesex TW17 9LF. The new telephone number is: 01932 229755. Email and website details are unchanged.
The Kingston Academy of Music announced today (8th September) that it is launching a new scholarship that will provide free tuition for one academic year in any of the music or vocal classes available at the Dalkey based Academy.
The new scholarship is open to applications from students aged between five and 18-yares-of-age who live in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area.
The Academy which has been located in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area since its foundation, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this academic year and the provision of the scholarship is one of the activities planned to mark the milestone.
Announcing the scholarship in Dalkey Library, the Academy’s founder and director Audrey McKenna said, “We are aware that there are talented students in our local community who may be interested in music as a subject but cannot afford to pay for lessons. We hope this scholarship will encourage one student to take their interest in music to the next level.
“As an independent music school that does not receive any support from local or national organizations or government, we have always been aware of the lack of access for gifted students to quality music educations and have previously provided scholarships and subsidized lessons to deserving students,” Ms McKenna continued. “This is the first time we have publicly invited applications for a scholarship from our local community and we hope there will be a big response.”
Applications in the form of a letter stating what instrument or vocal course the applicant is interested in plus up to 100 words saying why he or she should receive the scholarship should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date of 30th September 2018. Applications will be assessed by the Academy’s advisory panel and the recipient will be announced by 15th October. No correspondence will be entered into about applications.
Chris Jones, rugby union correspondent of BBC Radio Sport, was named as “Guinness-London Irish Rugby Union Journalist of the Season” at a ceremony in Diageo headquarters in London yesterday evening (21st May).
Jones came top in a nomination and adjudication process that involved the 12 clubs in the Aviva Premiership, Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Football Union.
The award citation praised Jones for “being really positive” and how he “reports fairly on the sport.” His weekly podcast was singled out for how it “allows players to show a bit more personality away from the standard rugby topics.”
The award, which has been presented annually for the past 15 years, recognises the contribution of rugby union broadcasters and journalists to the development of the game in this country.
Ian Robertson, the BBC Radio’s rugby correspondent who is retiring at the end of the year, received a special award for outstanding service to rugby union in a media context for his contribution to the game at club and community level in his 46 year career with the national broadcaster, including the time and energy he has invested in assisting rugby charities among them the Wooden Spoon Society.
Guinness is an official partner of London Irish in a relationship that goes back to the amateur era of the mid-1980s.
Irish Heritage is pleased to announce that Patrick Lennon has been appointed Chairman of its Board of Directors with effect from the 1st April 2018.
Mr Lennon originally joined the organisation’s Board in November 2017 to oversee the preparation and implementation of a new marketing and communications strategy. He owns and manages a marketing and public relations consultancy based in south-west London that is known for its work with Irish business and community organisations including Aer Lingus, London Irish RFC and The Irish Times in particular.
Commenting on the appointment, Mary Connolly, Interim Chair of Irish Heritage, said: “We are pleased that Paddy Lennon has accepted our invitation to become our Chairman. Although he only joined the Board last year, his support of Irish Heritage over the last 20 plus years has been valuable and his contribution since joining the Board is considerable. His interest in music and the arts combined with his work and contacts among the Irish community and his international business experience will help to realise our ambitions over coming years.”
“I am honoured to have been asked to take over as Chairman of Irish Heritage in succession to Mary Connolly who has contributed so much over the years,” said Mr Lennon. “In the short time I’ve been on its Board, I’ve seen at first hand the valuable work the organisation is doing in helping young Irish musicians develop and perform in Britain. While there are immediate challenges to be addressed, the opportunities for the organisation to play a wider role in promoting Irish music and culture in this country in co-operation with like-minded organisations are immense.”
Mr Lennon is also an advisor to the Kingston Academy of Music in Dalkey in Dublin.
Irish Heritage and The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival have announced a new collaboration that enhances the benefits of the former’s annual Music Bursary with the inauguration of the Blackwater Valley Festival Recital Award.
The first recipients of the Award will be the winner and two runners-up of the Irish Heritage Bursary auditions that took place in the Wigmore Hall in London in November last. The three young musicians will share a special debut recital in the 2018 Blackwater Valley Festival that will give them the opportunity to showcase their individual talents. The three students concerned will be guests of the Festival and will receive performance fees and travel expenses as part of their award.
The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival builds on the legacy of Lismore Opera Festival, which since 2010 has provided a celebration of classical music and opera that takes place in the County Waterford town each June. The newly expanded Festival features three opera nights performed in the stable yard of Lismore Castle as well as concerts and recitals in venues such as the town’s Cathedral, Salterbridge House and Cappoquin House. The festival is a keenly anticipated, annual event on the European festivals calendar attracting music lovers and visitors to the region. This year’s festival takes place from 29th May to 3rd June.
The first students to benefit from the collaboration will be pianist Adam Heron, recipient of the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for 2017 and the two runners-up, soprano Rebecca Murphy and harpist Maria McNamee.
Commenting on the new collaboration, Katie Rowan, joint artistic director of Irish Heritage said, “The Blackwater Valley Festival Award really enhances the work of our Bursary and increases the range of the support and opportunity we give to young, emerging Irish musicians studying in this country. We are enormously grateful to Michael Alen-Buckley and the Board of Blackwater Valley Opera for their generous support in making this possible.”
Michael Alen-Buckley of Blackwater Valley Opera Festival said, “The Blackwater Valley Festival and Irish Heritage share a common commitment to support and showcase the best of young Irish musical talent. We were impressed by the calibre of all those young musicians who took part in last year’s Bursary auditions. We look forward to working with Irish Heritage over coming years.”
The Recital Award will be presented annually for the next three years.