Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters

U.S.O.C. Newsletter - November 2001


For the enterprising organist/choirmaster new ideas about what to sing are always welcome, so for our next meeting we have invited John Dallas and his choir at Cregagh Presbyterian Church to introduce to us a selection of anthems with which you are unlikely to be familiar.

Mr Dallas has been the organist/choirmaster at Cregagh Church for over twenty years, and his school choir has on five occasions been among the finalists on UTV's School Choir of the Year Competition.

This meeting will be held in Cregagh Presbyterian Church at 3.00pm on Saturday 17th November. It will, incidentally, be our last meeting for 2001 so do please try to be present.


If you are a subscriber to Organists Review you should have already received an order form for next year's issues, and your subscription is now due. Be sure to indicate that you are a USOC member as this entitles you to the reduced subscription rate of 15.00.

If you are not yet a subscriber let me recommend this excellent quarterly publication to you. Its articles on the organ repertoire, on organs, and on church music are all well worth reading, and each issue also contains useful reviews of new organ and choral music and of new recordings. As an introductory offer to NEW subscribers, you can obtain the four issues for 2002 for only 12.00. (8.00 less than the regular rate !) : send a cheque payable to IAO to Allegro Music, 82 Suffolk Street, Queensway, BIRMINGHAM, B1 1TA. Indicate that you are a member of USOC and a new subscriber.


That's the title of a very entertaining little book by Reginald Frary in which he recalls amusing incidents which occurred during his 50 years as a church choir member. Useful advice on how to cope with over-ambitious music directors and new vicars overfilled with reforming zeal is also given. It's a good read. Copies (6.99 including postage) obtainable from the publishers: SCM Canterbury Press Ltd., St Mary's Plain, NORWICH, Norfolk NR3 3BH.


The enterprising choir of Knock Methodist Church, directed by member Stephen Preston, has just produced a new CD about which a leaflet (with ordering details) is enclosed.


Member Jill Greer has moved to the mainland where her address is: ....................., Oxfordshire ................... She hopes to return to Northern Ireland from time to time.


Next meeting: 2.30pm on Saturday 10th November at St George's Church, Belfast

That's it ! Do please join us on 17th November.

Yours sincerely

Honorary Secretary

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