Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters

U.S.O.C. Newsletter - June 2000

MUSIC IN THE METROPOLIS

This year's Annual Members Concert will be presented in Belfast's Anglican Cathedral at 3 pm on Saturday 17th June when five members of the society will play the church's 4m/70 Harrison. Afternoon tea will follow. As this is the one event in our calendar to which the general public is invited, please encourage your non-USOC friends to attend and use the mini-poster enclosed to help with publicity.

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

It is hoped to have our new, updated Membership List ready for delivery to you with the next circular. Its accuracy might be improved if the 40 members who have not yet returned their personal data slips were kind enough to do so!

MONEY MATTERS

1 The Honorary Treasurer has informed me that around 45 members have not yet paid this year's annual subscription; if you are one of them please delay no longer! The current subscription is 17.50 (students 10.00) and your cheque should be forwarded to Mr MacLaughlin at the address shown below.

2 At this year's AGM it was suggested that members might consider rounding up their subscription to 20.00, with the additional 2.50 being added to the Arthur Beggs Student Fund.

3 With the January circular was enclosed a sample mandate form to open a standing order for payment of the annual subscription. If you used it there is a snag! The mandate stipulated FEBRUARY 1st as the implementation date and this has meant that from members who initiated this procedure AFTER February 1st no subscription will be paid to USOC this year. If this applies to you, would you please - just for this year - send your subscription directly to Mr MacLaughlin and accept our apologies for any inconvenience involved. Your mandate will, of course, come into effect in 2001.

FLORENCE COLLINS

Older members who remember former member Florence Collins will be saddened to hear that she died in May this year following several years illness. Florence had enjoyed a long, successful and busy career as singer, teacher, choral conductor and church organist, and was for many years organist of the Old Congregation Church in Randalstown.

A NEW FACE

As a new member we welcome TIMOTHY MORROW, deputy organist of St Martin's Parish Church in Killylea. His address is: ...............

WORDS AND MUSIC AT ST GEORGE'S

The Music: Saturday 3rd June at 8 pm Programme of choral and organ music featuring the Choir of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin (conducted by John Dexter) and Charles Harrison (organ).

The Words: Friday 23rd June at 8 pm 'Current Trends in Church Music' lecture by Prof John Harper, Director General of the Royal School of Church Music.

CELEBRITY ORGAN CONCERT AT ST BRIGID'S

Tuesday 13th June at 8 pm, St Brigid's Church, Derryvolgie Avenue. James O'Donnell - formerly of Westminster Cathedral, London, recently appointed organist of Westminster Abbey.

MUSIC ON THE MALL

This year's Charles Wood Summer School in Armagh will take place 20th to 27th August when the imported guest lecturers and performers will include Malcolm Archer, Barry Rose and our own Nigel McClintock. Further information enclosed herewith.

THAT'S IT!

As usual the society will slip gently into its summer siesta during July and Auggust, but you might like to note the dates for our two meetings in September: FRIDAY 8th : Annual Dinner at the Royal Ulster Yacht Club, Bangor;
SATURDAY 9th: Lecture/Demonstration by David Hill (Winchester Cathedral).

For now, my best wishes to you for your summer vacation wherever it is spent.

RODNEY BAMBRICK
Honorary Secretary

RSB/IAFH
24/05/00

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