Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters

U.S.O.C. Newsletter - November 2006



Saturday 18th November at 3pm

School of Music, University Square

Organ and Harpsichord music by Mozart and two major influences, Bach and Handel

with soloists Charles Harrison, Norman Finlay and Dr Yo Tomita

(This event is open to members and non-members)


RSCM Ireland is holding its AGM in Belfast Cathedral Centre on Monday 13th November at 7.30pm. All RSCM affiliated choirs are invited to attend, and this is an opportunity to meet the RSCM Ireland Co-ordinator, Peter Parshall, to talk about what the RSCM can offer you and your choir. Do come along.

Concerts, Recitals and Special Occasions


Saturday 18th November, 8pm, Christ Church, Londonderry.
RENAISSANCE – A programme including Howells’ Requiem and Lobo’s Missa Pro Defunctis. Directed by new conductor, Mr Ian Mills, Organist – Richard Campbell. Tickets £8 and £5 concession, available from Millennium Forum Box Office 028 7126 4455



Saturday 25th November, 8pm, Londonderry Cathedral.
DAVID BRIGGS organ recital. Admission Free, retiring collection. Part of the series launching the new Wells-Kennedy Organ.



Friday 24th November at 7.30pm, Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Malone Road.
MOZART 250 – An evening celebrating the genius of Mozart. CAPPELLA CAECILIANA with orchestra. Conductor – Donal McCrisken. Programme includes the “Coronation Mass”.
Tickets £10 (concession £5) available from Matchetts (Wellington Place) and Fisherwick Church Office (4 Chlorine Gardens)




Priory Singers Advent Carol Service – Bangor Abbey – Sunday 3rd December, 7pm
Belfast Cathedral Advent Carol Service – Sunday 26th November, 3.30pm

“Cathedral Christmas” – Wednesday 13th December, 8pm
Belfast Cathedral Choir
Loughside Chamber Choir
Tickets £10 and £8 concession, 028 9032 8332 and on the door

Priory Singers Carols by Candlelight – St Molua’s – Thursday 21st December, 8pm

“A Ceremony of Carols” with MELISMA – Friday 22nd December, 7.30pm
Performing Britten’s SATB version of the Ceremony of Carols with Harp
And light hearted Christmas Music, Tickets from 07799 886668


Vacant Consoles

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Saturday 25 November, Consultation Lessons with Belfast City Organist

As part of the ongoing collaboration between USOC and the Belfast City Council, Colm Carey will be available at St George’s Church, High Street, Belfast for consultation lessons each lasting about an hour. These sessions will be free of charge and entirely confidential. On this occasion, applications are invited from players of an advanced standard.

If you are interested, please contact James Little on 02890 421332 or president@usoc.org.uk

Friday 16 February 2007, 7.45pm, OLIVIER LATRY, Ulster Hall

On this evening there will be a recital in the Ulster Hall by the astounding organist of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Olivier Latry.

Whatever you do, make this the first entry in your 2007 diary-and miss this concert at your peril. The concert will conclude with an improvisation on a submitted theme so this is your chance to hear one of the world’s masters of this art. Tickets £10 from the Ulster Hall Box Office (02890 323900) –and tell your friends-this will be a great opportunity to spread the word about the organ far and wide.


Any items of interest or news, or church posts you wish to advertise, should be sent to me at music@belfastcathedral.org or Director of Music, Belfast Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2HB. Thank you. Philip Stopford, Hon.Sec.

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