Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters

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

YOUTH AT THE CONSOLE

As a Society we are well aware of the importance of encouraging young musicians to consider the organ as their instrument of choice and of encouraging those who decide to do so to pursue their studies. As a practical step in this direction we have invited foul young organ students to present a programme which will include both organ works and music for other instruments with organ accompaniment.

For this event we shall meet at Fisherwick Presbyterian Church (Malone Road, Belfast) at 3 pm on Saturday 7th April.

ORGAN VACANCIES

At Holy Trinity Parish Church, Kircubbin, where they have a two-manual Conacher organ and just on Sunday (morning) service. For further information telephone Mrs C Shame (alias D fiat) 4273 8312.

At Ahoghill Parish Church where their two-manual Conacher (c. 1895) was refurbished by Wells-Kennedy in 1998, and their choir is described as "small but dedicated". Details from Revd Paul Brew, telephone 2587 1240.

This vacancy has arisen following the retirement of member Maurice McQuitty who is now available to deputise on weekdays and Sundays; his phone number is 2565 0308; please amend your membership list accordingly.

ORGAN CONCERT

At St Aidan's Church, Kilmore, County Armagh, at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 9fh May with Philip Elliott at the recently restored two-manual Hill organ and the Choir of Hillsborough Parish Church. Admission: 5.00.

SPRING INTO SUMMER

Details of this year's three concerts of organ and choral music will be mailed to you soon. Meanwhile please note the dates:

May 9th: Anglican Cathedral, Armagh
June 2nd: Down Cathedral, Downpatick
June 23rd: St George's Church, Belfast

All concerts start at 8 pm.

TAKING THE CLOTH

Congratulations to Alan Matchett who, on completion of his theological studies in Dublin, will soon take up duty as Curate Assistant at Limerick Cathedral. If you find it possible to attend you would be very welcome at his ordination there at 4:30 pm on Sunday 3rd June. From that date Alan's address will be: 50 Ballinvoher, Father Russell Road, Dooradoyle, County Limerick.

EDINBURGH EXPEDITION

Members of the party (there are 41 of us) should note:

Final payment must be made not later than 31st March and should be forwarded to the Honorary Treasurer (address below). For room-sharers the balance due is 135.00; for single room occupants 195.00.

Departure on Saturday 5th May on the Seacat Service (Donegall Quay) is at 7:45 am but in view of the size of our group 1 have been advised to ask you to be there by 7:00 am. There is a limited amount of car parking at the dock but this cannot be pre-booked so if you intend to leave your car there arrive early!
In Edinburgh our accommodation is at Jury's Inn, Jeffrey Street, (Tel: 0131 200 0400).

On Monday 7th we expect to return to Belfast at about 8 pm.

Travel tickets and a detailed itinerary will be provided on departure.

SING A NEW SONG

At our March meeting Revd David Montgomery gave a stimulating talk on 'Organs And Choirs In A Changing World'; a copy of his summary is enclosed. His book 'Sing A New Song' is obtainable from 'Family Books' in Belfast.

NEW MEMBERS

To USOC we welcome two members of one family:

NESBITT, Selby .............................
NESBITT, Andrew as above

A CALL TO THE COMMITTEE

Next meeting: Saturday 12th May, 3 pm at 74 Osborne Park, Belfast.

'Bye for now

RODNEY BAMBRICK
Honorary Secretary

RSB/IAFH
27/03/01

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