Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters

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

LONDONDERRY AIRS

On Saturday 15th September the Society will travel to Londonderry to hear three interesting organs not included in previous USOC visits to the city. Here's the programme:

10.30: FIRST DERRY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (Magazine Street)
3 manual by T J Jackson of Leeds; Timothy Allen at the console.

11.30: CARLISLE ROAD METHODIST CHURCH
2 manual Conacher, early 20thC, on original slate; to be played by Stewart Smith.

12.30: LUNCH at LINENHALL BAR (Market Street)
Reservations required - reply-slip below. Return by 8th September.

2.30: CHRIST CHURCH (Infirmary Street)
New 3 manual Wells-Kennedy; short recital (including solo oboist) by William West.

All three venues are within walking distance of one another.

ANNUAL DINNER

This year's will be held on Friday 28th September (at 7.30 for 8 pm) in the Canada Room, Queen's University, preceded by a reception in the University's Visitor Centre. The charge of 24.00 per person will include pre-dinner refreshments.

As this is the one exclusively social event in the society's calendar (at which all talk of diapasons and/or descants is verboten), wives, husbands, partners and pals will be welcome. Please return the reply-slip attached not later than Saturday 15th September.

CONGRATULATIONS

1 To Timothy Allen who has been appointed Director of Music at the Episcopal Church of St Michael and St George in Saint Louis, Missouri. Timothy hopes to attend our meeting in Londonderry so there will be an opportunity then of meeting him before his departure to the USA at the end of September.

2 To Nigel McClintock (still managing the music at Croydon Parish Church) who has recently been awarded a M.Mus degree by the Royal College of Music.

3 To Edward Craig who has just gained the RCO's Diploma in Choral Directing.

4 To Stephen Hamill who has been among the organists giving recitals this month in Liverpool Cathedral.

5 To David Drinkell and the Choir of Belfast Cathedral who spent a week in July performing at churches in New York.

6 To Harry Grindle and The Priory Singers who sang a week's daily services in Hereford Cathedral

NEW MEMBERS

As new members we are delighted to welcome:

Robert Thompson, (St Peter's Church, Antrim Road, Belfast) .........................., Co Antrim,

Stewart McClenaghan, (Carrickfergus Methodist Church) ............................, Co Antrim,

ADDRESS ALTERATIONS

Andrew Orr, B.Mus ............................. Rachel Adams, BA, ALCM, MISOB ...........................

HILLS IN BANGOR

Among a new generation of young theatre organists one of the most talented is RICHARD HILLS who on Thursday 13th September (at 8 pm) will present a concert on the Tonic Theatre Organ in Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College (formerly Gransha High School). Richard has just completed his first year as organ scholar at Exeter College, Oxford, (his tutor is David Sanger), and has twice performed at the American Theatre Organists Society's annual conventions in the USA. Tickets (5.00) available at the concert.

COMMITTEE CALL

Members are reminded that there will be a meeting at 2.30 pm on Saturday 8th September in the home of Eileen Kerr (...................., Banbridge). Planning the Society's programme for 2002 will be the main item on the agenda so please come loaded with lots of scintillating suggestions. Proposals from any member of the Society will also be welcome, but please let me have them BEFORE 8th September - preferably in writing as I expect to be away from home between 8th and 26th August.

Yours sincerely

RODNEY BAMBRICK
Honorary Secretary

RSB/IAFH
14/08/01


USOC VISIT TO LONDONDERRY : SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH 2001

Member's Name :__________________________________________ Tel No:___________

For lunch please reserve ____ place/s for me and for _________________________________________

Please return to the Honorary Secretary NOT LATER THAN 8TH SEPTEMBER


USOC ANNUAL DINNER : FRIDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2001

Member's Name :________________________________________ Tel No:__________

Please reserve ______ place/s for me and for ____________________________________________

Cheque (payable to USOC) for __________ enclosed (24.00 per person)

If possible I should like to be seated at a table with_______________________________________

Please return to the Honorary Secretary NOT LATER THAN 15TH SEPTEMBER

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