Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters

U.S.O.C. Newsletter - January 2007


Saturday 10th February at 3pm

Very Reverend Dr Hugh Kennedy

Administrator of St Peterís Cathedral


St Polycarpís Church Hall, Upper Lisburn Road


St Polycarpís Church Hall, Upper Lisburn Rd, Belfast (between Kingís Hall and Finaghy crossroads-on left going away from Kingís Hall)


In connection with the new series of Sung Masses just launched at St Peterís Cathedral in conjunction with USOC, the Very Rev Dr Hugh Kennedy, Administrator at St Peterís will be the speaker at this meeting. He will cover such matters as:


   His plans for this series

   The position of non-Catholics attending

   Similarities between the services at St Peterís and those in churches in other denominations

   The current attitude of the Roman Catholic church generally towards Ďseriousí church music


Sung Mass at St Peterís Cathedral, 7.30pm


Featuring the choir of St Georgeís Parish Church, High Street, Belfast



All USOC members welcome. For St Peterís, leave the Westlink at the Divis/Falls exit. At top of slip road, head away from the city centre. Turn left at the first traffic lights and then left again. The car park entrance is to the left of the Cathedral.


N B. Any members interested in having a meal in Belfast between the afternoon and evening events should phone Philip Walden on 9147 3643 by Saturday 3 February. If there is sufficient demand, arrangements will be made.



Members should feel free to attend either or both of the afternoon and evening events.





Well done to former Presidents Dr Joe McKee and Dr Donald Davison who were awarded an OBE and MBE respectively in the New Yearís Honours list. Congratulations!


10 March


Please also note that at 7.30pm, the choir at the St Peterís Sung Mass Series will be that of St Anneís Cathedral, Belfast.


31 March Ė March USOC Event


On this date, there will be a further session on basic improvisation taken by Philip Stopford. It will be held in Dundrod Presbyterian Church where there is a fine organ by Kenneth Jones built 25 years ago. Directions in the next Bulletin but contact Philip Stopford now if you would like to be one of the players, music@belfastcathedral.org



Concerts, Recitals and Special Occasions



Friday 16 February 2007, 7.45pm, PETER BARLEY, Ulster Hall


Unfortunately, Olivier Latry has had to withdraw from this engagement following an operation. However, he has been replaced by Peter Barley. Peter is Director of Music at St Patrickís Cathedral, Dublin and a former organ scholar at Kingís College, Cambridge.


USOC members are strongly encouraged to support this event-the last organ concert before the Ulster Hall closes for extensive refurbishment. Call 9032 3900 for details.




Vacant Consoles

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Message from the Hon. Treasurer :


Thank you to those members who have already paid their subscription for 2007, especially those who sent it off before Christmas. I should now be pleased to receive subscriptions from the remainder of the membership; please heed the note on the payment sheet enclosed with the December Bulletin. Thanks also to those who pay by automated means i.e. standing order.


Final payments for the Oxford Tour would also be welcome now.





2007 AGM


At the recent AGM, the following were elected for this year.


Election of office Bearers


The following appointments were made for 2007.


Mr James Little††††††††††††††††††††††† President

Mr Michael Tregenna††††††††††††††††††††††† Vice President

Mr Philip Stopford††††††††††††††††††††††† Vice President

Mr Philip Stopford††††††††††††††††††††††† Honorary Secretary

Mr Philip Walden††††††††††††††††††††††† Honorary Treasurer

Mr John Wright††††††††††††††††††††††† Honorary Auditor


Committee for 2007


Dr Donald Davison MBE†††††††††††††††

Gareth Johnston††††††††††††

Ivan Millen

Ian Mills††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

David McElderry††††††††††††

Tanja Tierney†††

Stephen Timpany††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Dick Walker


Alasdair Mac Laughlin, who was absent, was also elected subject to his confirmation that he will accept membership of the Committee.









Donít forget to stay up to date on the web - www.usoc.org.uk


where you can find sources of Teachers, Concert Listings, and much more . . . . . .







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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