Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters

Events Planned for 2008

January 12th
Annual General Meeting
St Peter's Parish Church, Antrim Road, Belfast

February 9th
“Playing those Pedals”
An Introduction to the Organ for Pianists by Nigel McClintock
St. Martin’s, Newtownards Road, Ballymacarrett, Belfast 3:00 p.m.

March 1st
“Easier than it sounds!”
Approachable organ repertoire for Sunday to Sunday use by Peter Wright, Director of Music, Southwark Cathedral
Ravenhill Presbyterian Church, Ravenhill Road, Belfast 3:00 p.m.

April 12th
Choral Festival (Joint event with R.S.C.M.)
Choral Festival (Joint event with R.S.C.M.)
Conducted by Gordon Stewart, Kirklees Borough Organist
St. Anne’s Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB
Rehearsal 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Festival Service 5:00 p.m.
RSCM Music booklet can be obtained from Philip Stopford.
In addition, at 7:30 p.m., Gordon will give an Organ Recital.

May 3rd-5th
Annual Bank Holiday Weekend Trip: Based in Chester
Staying in Chester, we will be visiting Blackburn Cathedral; St. Anne’s, Manchester; Preston Minster; St. John’s Parish, Preston; Chester Cathedral; St. Asaph Cathedral; Roger Fisher’s home, and of course both Liverpool Cathedrals as well as other venues.

June 14th
Visit to Portadown
Visit to St. Mark's Parish, Drumcree Parish, First Portadown Presbyterian, Thomas St. Methodist, with a break for lunch.

September 20th
Choral Workshop conducted by John Rutter
USOC is honoured to be able to host this very famous composer presenting one of his legendary “Come & Sing” days at Campbell College, Belfast. All day event with admission by ticket only.

October 18th
“Using the internet for musical resources”
Donald Davison will show us what the internet can provide in terms of free resources for church organists from both the organ and choral viewpoints.
St. John’s Malone, Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6SX 3:00 p.m.

November 15th
Event to celebrate the centenary of Olivier Messiaen’s birth (10th December, 1908).
This will be presented by Colm Carey in conjunction with Belfast City Council.
Full details will be confirmed in due course.

Dates and other details subject to confirmation on monthly circulars mailed to members.
Members are invited to note these events in their diaries and to attend as many of them as they can.
All events are at 3.00pm unless noted otherwise.
New members always welcome - contact Stephen & Carolyn Hamill, (Honorary Secretaries), Email: usoc(at)phoenix-organs(dot)co(dot)uk