Culture Hotline

As Covid-19 continues to force us to socially distance, digital culture has become a major feature for us. However, we are aware that many people may still not have full access to these online resources. Therefore, the ICC launched our very own Culture Hotline back in May, which invited people to ring in or join us online and hear songs, poetry, storytelling, and music to combat isolation, loneliness, and boredom.

Culture Hotline – Second Series – Autumn 2020

Our first series of eight events was a wonderful success and we’re delighted to collaborate with Irish Heritage to bring you another series of Culture Hotline sessions this autumn featuring a talented array of musicians.

16th September Seána Davey (Harp)
30th September Justine Gormley (Piano)
21st October  Ellen Mawhinney (Soprano)
28th October Tara Viscardi (Harp)
11th November Mollie Wrafter (Violin)
25th November  Adam Heron (Piano)
9th December Amy Gillen (Flute)
16th December Conall O’Neill (Bass)

To listen in on the phone all you need to do is call one of our numbers below.

If you have a contract with unlimited minutes please dial: 020 3443 9152 or +44 20 3443 9152 from abroad.

If you are on Pay As You Go or have limited minutes please feel free to dial our toll-free number: 0800 031 5925

You will be prompted to enter the following Conference ID: 135 144 590#

Please note that the phone numbers remain the same as our first series but our Conference ID for the second series of Hotline events has changed.

To watch our live performances online you can download a free version of Microsoft Teams here. Once you’ve downloaded Teams, click here to view the performances.

Culture Hotline Series 2, Session #4 – live performance by Tara Viscardi

Tara Viscardi is a London based Irish harpist currently in the final year of her Master of Music in Performance at the Royal College of Music. She has performed extensively across Ireland and the UK with highlights including performances at the Bloomsbury Festival, the Irish Embassy, the Irish Cultural Centre, the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, and for the Dublin Philharmonic Society recital series. She has performed for President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin, as well as for HRH the Prince of Wales at Hillsborough Castle and featured on the Young Artist Masterclass Programme at the 13th World Harp Congress Hong Kong, generously supported by Culture Ireland. A multiple prize winner, Tara was awarded the senior harp prize at the Dublin and Sligo Feis Ceoil competitions, the String Prize at the 2016 Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year, as well as first prizes for concerto and senior recital while an undergraduate at TU Dublin Conservatoire. A passionate traditional Irish musician, Tara regularly performs her own arrangements and compositions and plays a beautiful Killarney Harp handcrafted for her Tim O’ Carroll in her native Co. Kerry.

Culture Hotline Series 2, Session #3 – live performance by Ellen Mawhinney

Culture Hotline Series 2, Session #2 – live performance by Justine Gormley

Justine Gormley, from Belfast, currently studies under the tutelage of Senior Tutor in Piano, John Gough, at the Royal Northern College of Music. Justine is a laureate of multiple competitions across the UK and Ireland, some of which include the Irish Heritage Bursary Competition at Wigmore Hall, the ESO Young Soloist Competition, and the Camerata Ireland Academy, where Justine studied with renowned Irish pianist Barry Douglas for two consecutive years. She was additionally a finalist in the Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition. Other internationally regarded pianists Justine has received masterclasses from include Bernard d’Ascoli, Noriko Ogawa, and Kathryn Stott, by whom she was selected to perform alongside in concert in a piano duo at the RNCM. An avid performer, Justine has appeared as a soloist with orchestra at the Lisbon International Youth Music Festival, Portugal, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster.

Culture Hotline Series 2, Session #1 – live performance by Seána Davey



Culture Hotline Series One