SPRING AT SAINT PATRICK'S
Information about all three of our Spring into Summer concert was mailed to you recently, but I would like you to note that the second of the series to be herd in Down Cathedral on Saturday 2nd June is in fact this year's ANNUAL MEMBERS CONCERT and will feature three of our cathedral organists (Timothy Allen, Michael McCracken and Martin White) along with the Minster Singers directed by former cathedral organist Harry Grindle.
And just a reminder about the other two Spring into Summer concerts:
May 19th: Armagh Anglican Cathedral (Choir of Christ Church Cathedral and Andrew Johnstone)
June 23rd: Saint George's Church, Belfast (Capella Caeciliane and John Kitchen)
As new members we are delighted to welcome to the Society:
GIRVAN, Mrs Ruth .............................., Co Antrim,
ACHESON, Mr Matthew ..............................., Co Down,
FLEMING, Mr Derek ................................, Co Donegal.
1 At First Presbyterian Church, Ballymena, where they seek "a person with abilities and talents to continue the development within the congregation of a blend of traditional and contemporary praise, who will be actively involved in the development of other musical groupings outside the main church choir". Generous remuneration available to suitable applicant. Further information from Mr M Moore (Clerk of Session). Tel: 2564 1018.
2 At St Martin's Church, Ballymacarrett, Belfast, which has an experienced choir, a nice little two-manual organ and excellent acoustics. In September its present organist, John Crothers, intends to move to France where for a few years he will introduce some of the country's university students to the mysteries of the English language. We wish him well in this new venture. Details about St Martin's from Revd Ivan Betts. Tel: 9065 8659.
3 At Derriaghy Parish Church (Co Antrim) when there are a 2m Norman & Beard organ and 4-part choir. Enquiries to Revd John Budd. Tel: 9061 0859.
ROYAL SCHOOL OF CHURCH MUSIC:
Data is enclosed about a RSCM Conference to be held at St Peter's Parish Church, Antrim Road, Belfast, on Saturday 19th May. Anyone involved in church music will be welcome - particularly those labouring in small-to-average size churches.
And if you want to know what that means peruse the document enclosed! It's planned for Saturday 26th May and the proceeds will assist Belfast Cathedral Choir in its tour to New York later this year.
Since this is the last secretarial salve you will receive before USOC's summer siesta, may I ask you to note two dates in your September diary:
SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER
Morning and afternoon visit to Londonderry
FRIDAY 28th SEPTEMBER
Annual Dinner, Canada Room, QUB
Details about both events will be despatched to you in due course.
For now, my best wishes to you for your summer Vacation
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