Bursaries for Performance and Composition to be Awarded Again
Irish Heritage, the London based not-for-profit, voluntary, performing arts organisation confirmed today (21st June) that it will award two music bursaries, one for Performance, the other for Composition, during its 2019/20 season.
The Music Bursary for Performance was first awarded in 2015 and already has a distinguished list of recipients. The bursary, worth £5,000, is awarded to an Irish student (first or second generation) continuing her or his music education in Britain. Students are nominated by this country’s leading music conservatoires to attend auditions held in the Wigmore Hall in London.
The 2019 auditions will take place on Thursday 7th November before a panel of adjudicators chaired by John Gilhooly OBE, Director of the Wigmore Hall.
The performance bursary also includes valuable performance opportunities among them one with Irish Heritage in London and the other at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival in Lismore in Ireland.
The Music Bursary for Composition was introduced last year and was warmly welcomed by young composers and tutors. The Bursary is open to young Irish (first and second generation) composers studying at recognised music conservatoires and other colleges in Ireland and Britain. The recipient of the successful composition will receive an award of £3,000 to be used in furthering their artistic and professional development.
The panel of adjudicators, will again consist of leading, current professional performers and academics drawn from Ireland and Britain. The winning composition will be premiered at an Irish Heritage event in London during the season.
The continuation of this bursary has been made possible through the generous support of the Ireland Fund of Great Britain.
Confirming that the two bursaries will be presented, Audrey McKenna, Irish Heritage’s Artistic Adviser – Ireland said, “The need to encourage and support young Irish performers and composers is as great as ever. The growing interest in our bursaries provides ample evidence of the demand from students for financial support and performance opportunities. Happily, thanks to the success of our fund-raising efforts and the support of the Ireland Funds, we are able to confirm that our bursaries will be awarded again this coming season.”
Full details about both bursaries will be available during the summer.
The previous recipients of the Bursary for Performance are:
2015/16 Maire Carroll (pianist) and Carolyn Holt (soprano)
2016/17 Christopher Quaid (violinist)
2017/18 Adam Heron (pianist)
2018/19 Amy Gillen (flautist)
The previous recipient of the Bursary for Composition is:
2018/19 Niall Tormey
The London Irish Foundation was launched on 25th June 2019 at a ceremony in the BT Centre in the City of London. The new Foundation is the official charity of London Irish rugby football club.
The new organisation will operate as a charitable trust independent of the club as required by the Charity Commission which has granted the Foundation registered charity status, this brings considerable benefits especially when it comes to the financing of activities and fund-raising.
The Chief Executive of the new Foundation, which is based in Sunbury-on-Thames, is Andy Keast, formerly Heat of Community at London Irish, who brings all his experience in that role and as coach at club and international level, including England and the British and Irish Lions, to his new position.
Speaking at the launch, Andy Keast said, “This is an exciting development in the history of London Irish. The club has an established and successful record of community engagement. The Foundation will take that to another level and deliver projects that use the power of sport to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of individuals and build a meaningful and sustainable legacy for sport and education across the communities we serve.
“All our work is driven by community engagement – working directly with community members and local community-based organisations, such as local authorities, councils, schools and businesses, YMCAs and housing shelters.
“Although we are a newly established charity, we have already been undertaking some of these activities as the community arm of London Irish and so have the expertise, insight and relationships needed to immediately deliver projects under our new more formal, financially efficient and inclusive structure.”
Among the projects already undertaken by the Foundation are: Project Rugby in association with Premiership Rugby and Gallagher; Tackling Health in association with the Greggs Foundation; BEAT is association with the City of London Corporation; the BEAT the Street homeless project and the HITZ Learning Academy in association with Premiership Rugby and Land Rover. The Foundation has also supported the new National Health Service (NHS) “Lift the Baby” campaign.
The Foundation operates under the direction of an independent Board of Trustees under the Chairmanship of Patrick Lennon.
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 email@example.com 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.