Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters

U.S.O.C. Newsletter - December 1997


The Society's Annual General Meeting for 1998 will be held at 3 pm on Saturday 10th January at Saint John's Church, Malone. At it will be disclosed the plans your industrious committee has prepared for next year and officer-bearers - including a new President - will be elected.

Please don't make the mistake of imagining that all decisions have already been made: they haven't! The committee's PROPOSED programme is just that and can be amended, ameliorated or abandoned if that's the wish of the meeting. Nor need you feel an obligation to re-elect any of the present office-bearers! Please come along and let's have your views.

Following the business, refreshments will be provided and some used music and records not purchased at last year's AGM will be on sale.


Replies regarding next year's May weekend in East Anglia should have been with me by 30th November. The provisional flight and hotel reservations we have made cannot be held indefinitely so if you intend to participate please let me have your reply pronto.


Just a gentle reminder that subscriptions for 1998 are due in JANUARY. Cheques (payable to USOC) should be forwarded to the Honorary Treasurer (address below). For 1998 the rate is expected to remain unchanged: 17.50 (students 10.00; overseas members 5.00).


Gareth Johnston has informed me that his address is now: .... From your membership list please delete the name of Andrew Cantrill; he is no longer serving as organist at Hull Parish Church.


Never, I imagine, in the church's long history has the question of the role of music in worship been more trenchantly argued that it is today. In the hope that you will find it of interest I enclose a copy of a short article by member John Frost summarising the views of two contributors to the debate.


If you heard this extraordinarily gifted young organist at a recent Studio Symphony Orchestra concert in the Ulster Hall you will be interested to know that Stephen Hamill, using state-of-the-art digital equipment, has produced a CD recording which includes most of the solo organ items and all three of the works (by Barber, Bossi and Guilmant) for organ and orchestra. To obtain a copy (the charge is 15.00 plus 1 if you wish it to be mailed to you) telephone Stephen as soon as possible - 01232 853852.

And to members of USOC that's my last word for 1997! My best wishes to you for a joyful Christmas and a New Year in which the painfully plodding 'Peace Process' discovers the secret of acceleration.

Yours sincerely

Honorary Secretary


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