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Christmas by Candlelight
19th December 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join our friends Irish Heritage for a seasonal selection of music and popular Christmas Carols together with readings from the ILS President Bernard O’Donoghue, ILS Vice President Roy Foster, Joe Lynam (BBC Business Correspondent) and BBC3 radio presenter Petroc Trelawny.
Sinead O’Kelly, soprano from the London Oratory School Choir, joins with the organist Jonathan Beatty to provide the music.
Presented in association with the Irish Literary Society.
Tickets: Individual £20, Family £45 (incl wine reception and programme)
From: Kathy O’Regan: Tel 020 7226 4578,
On-line: www.irishheritage.co.uk click on DONATE (no booking fee)
Prof Roy Foster
Roy Foster recently retired as Carroll Professor of Irish history at Oxford, he is a fellow of Hertford College. He has written widely on Irish history, society and politics in the modern period, as well as on Victorian high politics and culture. Foster produced a widely acclaimed biography of William Butler Yeats which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In Words Alone: Yeats and his inheritances (2011), he presents a re-reading of Irish literary history throughout the nineteenth century and places Yeats and his inspirations in apposition to a much wider range of literary and political precursors than is usually the case. His most recent book is Vivid Faces: the revolutionary generation in Ireland 1890-1914.
Joe Lynam is an Irish journalist working for the BBC in the United Kingdom.Lynam is a business correspondent. He also presents sometimes on the BBC’s flagship Today Programme – covering for Simon Jack. Between 2011 and 2013, he was the business correspondent with BBC’s Newsnight.
Prof Bernard O’Donoghue
Bernard O’Donoghue is a Professor and Emeritus Fellow in English at Wadham College, Oxford. He is a poet and literary critic, and author of Seamus Heaney and the Language of Poetry (1995) – he succeeded Heaney as President of the ILS. His most recent poetry collection is The Seasons of Cullen Church (2016), which has been shortlisted for the T S Elliot award. Previous volumes include Farmer’s Cross (2011), Gunpowder (1995), Here Nor There (1999); Outliving (2003), Selected Poems in 2008. O’Donoghue was winner of the 1995 Whitbread Poetry Award and Cholmondeley Award in 2009.
Sinéad O’Kelly is a soprano from Belfast. She trained at the Royal College of Music in London for six years, where she graduated in 2014 (First Class Honours Degree) and again in 2016 (Masters with Distinction). She continues to study with Tim Evans-Jones and Caroline Dowdle.
Petroc regularly presents the classical magazine programme Music Matters, Radio 3’s Breakfast and concerts in Radio 3 Live in Concert. Petroc joined Radio 3 in 1998. He currently presents Breakfast and was previously co-host of In Tune, the station’s drive-time arts magazine.