Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters

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

DOWN DIAPASONS
No ambiguity implied! For our first out-of-town meeting this year - on Saturday, 17th February - plans have been made to visit four churches in South Down, three in Comber, one in Killyleagh. The itinerary will be as follows:

2:45 pm : First Presbyterian Church, Comber (2 manual Binns)
3:15 pm : Non-Subscribing Church, Comber (unusual 1 manual & pedals by Minns)
3:45 pm : Comber Parish Church (2 manual Compton, restored & enlarged by Philip Prosser)
4:30 pm : Killyleagh Parish Church (2 manual Walker, restored by Stephen Shaw)

Please note that to accommodate all four venues we are starting a little earlier at 2:45 pm. First Presbyterian Church is situated on the Comber to Saintfield Road, a little was up the hill from the Town Square. The other two churches in Comber are within a few minutes walk from our first venue. Afternoon tea will be provided at Killyleagh Parish Church.

SPRING INTO SCOTLAND
For many years the most memorable highlight of the Society's annual programme has been the weekend overseas tours, offering member an opportunity to hear (and often play) interesting organs to which access would otherwise be difficult, and to do so in congenial company. This year's expedition will be to Edinburgh and details are enclosed. A P&O Ferries inclusive deal has made it possible to arrange the trip at a particularly attractive price, but please note that the provisional reservations already made cannot be held after February 28th so replies will need to be with me before that date. There might also be difficulty in obtaining more than the 34 hotel places now held so applications will be accepted on a first-come, first- served basis.

LOOKING BACK - AND FORWARD
Two documents enclosed will enable you to do both. One is my report on the Society's activities during the past year, the other a copy of the programme planned for 2001. Do please attend as many meetings as you can : we need your support.

BELL IN BANGOR
Derek Bell is probably best known as a member of The Chieftains (with which he travels all over the world), but he is also an accomplished pianist and in this role will give a recital at the Heritage Centre in Bangor at 8 pm on Thursday 8th February. His programme on this occasion will focus on the music of Billy Mayerl who in the 1930s and 40s produced a large volume of attractive light piano pieces - many of then subtly syncopated - and now regaining popularity. This should prove to be a very entertaining evening of unusual interest. Wise to make reservations by phoning the Bangor Heritage Centre (9127 1200).

ORGAN VACANCY
At Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor, where a Director of Music is required to coordinate the choral, organ and instrumental aspects of services. An "attractive" salary is offered - for details telephone Revd David Johnston (9147 3213).

I hope to meet you in Comber on 17th February but please remember that Edinburgh replies need to be with me not later than 26th of that month.

Yours sincerely

RODNEY BAMBRICK
Honorary Secretary

RSB/IAFH
29/01/01

EDINBURGH 2001 - USOC WEEKEND TOUR : MAY 5TH - 7TH

PROGRAMME
Few cities in the UK rival the Scottish capital in its range of organs of all kinds and all periods. During our three-day tour, visits will be made to some of the most interesting of them, including the High Kirk of St Giles (new Rieger), St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral (Harrison), Greyfriars Church (Collins), Canongate Kirk (Frobenius), the Reid Concert Hall (Ahrend) and many more. There will also be opportunities to attend a morning service in St Mary's and an orchestral concert at Greyfriars. During the weekend we hope to arrange a meeting with members of the Edinburgh Society of Organists.

ACCOMMODATION
At the three-star Jury's Hotel (Jeffrey Street) within easy walking distance of Princes Street and the Royal Mile; all rooms en suite and equipped with television, telephone, tea/coffee maker and (!) hairdryer. (No need to prance down Princes Street with a dripping tonsure.)

TRANSPORT
By P&O Ferries from Belfast to Troon with coach to Edinburgh. Departure from Belfast at 7:45 am on Saturday 5th May, returning to Belfast the following Monday (May 7th) at about 10:30 pm On Saturday and Sunday the venues to be visited are within walking distance of the hotel; on Monday a private coach will be used to expedite travel within the city.

COST
Per Person: 185.00, including ferry fare, land transport, bed and breakfast and three other main meals. Supplement for single room: 35.00. This is excellent value made possible by acceptance of a special P&O package deal.

BOOK NOW!
Complete the reply-slip and return it with your deposit (50.00 per person) to the Honorary Secretary NOT LATER THAN MONDAY 26TH FEBRUARY. The provisional reservations already made cannot be held after that date. Balance of payment (135.00 per person) payable by 31st March.


USOC WEEKEND TOUR TO EDINBURGH : MAY 5TH - 7TH 2001

Member's Name: _______________________________________ Tel No: ________________________

Please reserve ___ place/s for me and for __________________________________________________

As deposit I enclose a cheque payable to USOC for ________ (50.00 per person)

I wish to have a single room (supplement 35.00)

I intend to share a room with _____________________________________________________________

RETURN TO THE HONORARY SECRETARY NOT LATER THAN MONDAY 26TH FEBRUARY

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